I hope you enjoy today's photo from Biloxi beach. I plan to go back to the gulf coast at some point to get some sunset or sunrise photos in a different spot, but fate put me here at that time of day the day I was there and this was one of the scenes I was able to capture. Travel has been spotty for me over the last two months due to circumstance beyond my control, but I hope to be back at it soon, though the goal of all 82 counties by year's end is not looking too promising.
One thing I would like to write briefly about today is how much subtlety can make an image greater, and I think this also applies to other art forms as well. Now you may say that HDR is about as subtle as a shotgun, and you may be right, because HDR can be a photo on acid sometimes. As a former art major and current artist, I always jumped into new art forms with gusto and any new trick I would learn I applied it to the max, to the point that it overwhelmed my piece of art. Through really good teachers and lots of practice I have learned about being more subtle and am working on applying this to my photos as well. When I first learned HDR it was super harsh and grainy and really contrasty with every detail being so overdone. At first I thought it was cool looking, but as I grew and continue to grow in the art form, I have learned to tone it way down and to not use HDR to overwhelm the piece and get in the way of it, but to compliment it instead. In most cases I want the user to see exactly what I saw and HDR is a great tool for that. I don't want you to think you are having a wild acid trip (not that I would know what that is like. Using my imagination here) with colors so vibrant your eyes start bleeding, but to think you are actually standing in front of the place where the photo was captured. I want it to look real. Yes, sometimes I add textures and vignettes, but the rule applies there as well. I want you to know that it's there, but I don't want it to punch you in the face. Often I want you to see the little extra stuff on second glance, because the photo is interesting enough to warrant another glance or twenty.
Leave some comments and let me know your thoughts.