Grand Canal

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

Mark Garbowski - April 8, 2011 - 7:53 am

Cool. Serious to canal perspective here.

Mark Garbowski - April 8, 2011 - 7:54 am

That is, of course, “toy”, not “to.”

Tobias George - April 8, 2011 - 7:55 am

Wow, really nice shot. A new favourite!

Rick Young - April 8, 2011 - 8:01 am

Love it!

Scott Ackerman - April 8, 2011 - 8:11 am

Sick shot bud. Really dig the feel of this one. Great processing as usual from you. Nicely done.

Khürt L. Williams - April 8, 2011 - 8:49 am

Love the vintage ’70s look.

Jason Hines - April 8, 2011 - 8:49 am

Great effect on this one. Nice job!

Scott Frederick - April 8, 2011 - 8:49 am

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!

James Brandon - April 8, 2011 - 8:58 am

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.

Mike Olbinski - April 8, 2011 - 9:33 am

This is awesome…love everything about it, especially your words…three of my images this week were single exposures and I loved every minute of it 🙂

Bob Lussier - April 8, 2011 - 9:39 am

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.

Chris Wray - April 8, 2011 - 9:44 am

Wonderful DOF and fun TS-effect. As always, your choice of processing is spot-on. Love it!

Chris Kenison - April 8, 2011 - 9:46 am

Well played, Heath! Love it!

Jesse Pafundi - April 8, 2011 - 11:23 am

Love the tones of this image and whole heartedly agree with the pleasures of working on a more “light limited” shot.

Beverly Everson - April 8, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Wonderful! I was in Venice back in the ’70s. Would love to see it now and have a camera in hand! Great job!

Adam Olson - April 8, 2011 - 7:34 pm

This shot is amazing! Great processing of it!

Chris Nitz - April 9, 2011 - 8:03 am

Love the toy effect on this shot. Top notch processing as well man! Splendid work 🙂

Chris DeAngelis - April 9, 2011 - 8:53 am

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!

murphyz - April 9, 2011 - 11:57 am

Great shot Heath, fabulous toy town effect and overall PP.

Johannes - April 9, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Great advice, awesome city and very well captured! We’ve got a Venice series going on at the moment, too! 🙂

Scott Wood - April 9, 2011 - 5:10 pm

Great shot. Really brings back memories of my time in Venice, granted, that was about 15 years ago, but still had a great time there.

Mark Blundell - April 10, 2011 - 1:59 pm

really nice TS effect going on here and the vintage feel works very well indeed.

Brian Furbush - April 12, 2011 - 7:15 am

This is freaking awesome. Besides the espresso shot, a new favorite of yours for me.

Nathan Gilmer - May 19, 2011 - 8:38 pm

This shot is really great! Nice use of tilt-shift.