Beach Photography Lesson Learned #5

HDR is not the only gig in town.  I work in the transit and passenger transportation industry.  Over the past 6 years or so the traveling society has transitioned from being dependent on a paper set of maps to being dependent on a GPS for navigation.  This has led itself to some issues, first, the ART of being able to plan a route and commit most of that route to memory has diminished.  And second, there is some routing being automatically dispensed that is not accurate for a commercial vehicle to travel.  This combined with the first point can leave an unprepared motorcoach operator in unfamiliar and possibly dangerous territory. When training employees I explain that a GPS device is a great tool for the tool box, but by no means the only tool in the box.

HDR, in some ways, can be characterized in the same way.  HDR, or High Dynamic Range, photographic processing has a lot of buzz.  It’s rewarding to merge multiple images and create, in some cases, almost a surreal interpretation of your subject.  However, in my humble opinion, searching only for that perfect HDR shot sells short what I am trying to learn about my camera.  First and foremost, HDR, does not take a poorly composed, or set up photograph and turn it into a masterpiece.  I actually think my skill level (with my camera set in full automatic mode) needs some developing.  Before I get too sidelined on this HDR thing, I need to concentrate on learning my camera more. So HDR is a really great tool (read skill) to keep in the tool box, but not the only tool.

The shot above was taken from the widows walk on the beach house we rented on vacation. This is looking northwest over the marsh of Currituck Sound at sunset.  This is a three framed, tonemapped, HDR edited in Photomatix.


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