September 14, 2010


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This image has been sitting in my Lightroom catalog since the beginning of July. I remember being thrilled with the composition when I shot it and equally excited immediately after the tonemapping process. I planned to post it soon after, but something kept telling me not to. Something wasn’t right.

Last night, I figured it out. The image was not true to the scene. The Washington Mill complex is a dark and foreboding place. The image I was originally so happy with, looked like it could have been shot in a parking lot. So I revisited the image and brought back the atmosphere. (Click on the thumbnail image on the lower right to see the originally processed image.)

[singlepic id=979 w=200 float=right]It took me a while to recognize my error. Its part of the HDR evolution. I look at some of my images from even 6 months ago and cringe! What was I thinking? I was lucky to catch this one. I let it sit, not 100% sure about it.

HDR’s blessing is also HDR’s curse: Power.

HDR gives you the power to control light – to create an image that is true to your vision as a photographer and artist. How can that be bad?

It can be bad when you give in to the temptation to push a slider just a bit further to make an image just a little (or a lot) brighter, or to add just a little more (or WAY TOO MUCH) saturation. Tame the slider beast within you. Learn to control the power.

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  1. Bob, I like them both and you could have chosen either of them for this post. The darker one does seem a bit more realistic, though, and a bit more creepy. Nice job!