Thursday, 16 August 2012

To HDR Or Not?

I don't do this HDR thingy very much. I went through a phase a while back (didn't we all luvvy) and it produced some interesting results but like all things new, it all got a bit, well...tedious. Once people became aware of HDR they kind of kicked the arse out of it and you couldn't move for the HDR 'look' - you know what it looks like. Hell, some people made a whole career out of it!

Don't get me wrong, HDR is a superb tool for balancing out the highlights and shadows if used subtly but therein lies the key - subtlety. Images were being over processed to the point of ...yuk.

And so, at the risk of opening myself up to criticism, I produce for you an HDR processed photograph... or is it?

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Shedding Some Light

When you take a shot like this they can be a little bit, well, can be hard to distinguish the subject (the tree stump) from the background.

What I did here was pretty simple. Made a copy of the original, changed the brightness level, added a mask and then painted back the background as I wanted it to be. In the old days of darkroom alchemy we called it 'dodging and burning'. Now we call it a 'doddle'.

Have a go.

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Busyness of Water

When you're next on walkabout, have a look around for reflections. With this, I was fascinated by the 'busyness' of the branches and saw the opportunity, when the water rippled, to create an altogether 'busy' image - top, bottom and sides.

Friday, 3 August 2012

A Day At The Beach

Sometimes with photography it's hard to show a sense of scale. I saw the three people on the beach and immediately knew that I could use them for scale purposes. The fact that I caught all three standing apart from each other and in height order was just one of those happy but hoped for accidents.