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Grand Canal – heath ofee dot com

Back to the Italy archives for today’s image.

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but Venice is by far one of the coolest cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. There are so many streets and alleys to explore, and you never know what you’ll find around the next bend. If you haven’t been, you should put Venice on your must see list.

Although I still love processing HDR photographs (and probably always will), lately I’ve been finding a lot of enjoyment in processing single exposures. There are many times when the limited dynamic range of a camera can make a scene more compelling than if the full range of light were exploited. If you’re an HDR enthusiast, experiment with two versions of an image: one tonemapped from a set of brackets and one single exposure from the set. See if all that dynamic range is really necessary to convey your photographic message. It’s easy to fall into the trap of shooting brackets and processing for HDR all the time…make sure you inspect your bracket sets before tonemapping to really see if you need to expand the dynamic range.

Don’t be afraid to try new (or old) things, it’s good for you, and you may just fall in love with this wonderful hobby all over again.

Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L, 24mm, F 7.1, ISO 100, 1/320 sec

24 thoughts on “Grand Canal

  1. I couldn’t agree with your more on that Heath. Finding a balance between processing for HDR and knowing when a shot just works without it is a great way to look at your archives. I tend to shoot a bunch of non HDR but my bracket sets tend to get processed via tone-mapping. I have some old landscape and beach brackets in my archives that I know will just jive better with limited dynamic range.

    Great shot and outstanding processing!

  2. Love it, the miniature effect was a superb choice for this image. Totally agree about single exposures. I think I’m actually about 50/50 right now on HDR vs. single exposure. It’s incredible what you can do with a single RAW image.

  3. Great image. And I couldn’t agree more. Over the past couple of months, with my own HDR processing, I find myself pulling back on the processing and often going with single exposure, including most of my posts this week.

  4. Great point Heath. There have been many time that I have spent a lot of time processing a HDR image just to think that I may not have needed to… Love the use of FP here!

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