Lone swimmer Phu Quoc
I’m currently putting together a Gallery of images taken on a recent trip to Vietnam.
I finished the tour with a few days on the island of Phu Quoc where this shot of a lone swimmer was taken. It was handheld on a compact, so not tack-sharp by any means, but of all the beach shots this is the one that ‘takes me back’ the most.
High dynamic range photography is getting more and more popular with amateurs and professionals alike but it does seem to polarize opinion.
The Autumn stock shoot I did at the start of the month, (a few examples in Gallery 1), was mainly straight single image shooting, but, I did start to experiment with 3X and some 6X HDR merges, (the largest of the images in Gallery 1 was a 6x merge)….
I was pretty happy with the results but even after removing ‘ghosts’ in Photoshops HDR feature I still feel the overall impression is one of unreality as opposed to hyper-reality..Though this can be effective on some shots I think that HDR pretty much always ends up adding a fantasy element which, for me, rules it out as a technique in the majority of situations.
It would be interesting to hear what others think….Is it as general purpose a technique as enthusiasts seem to reckon or is it over-used..(especially in advertising where it seems every other shot is HDR)?