HDR photographs are EVERYWHERE. Everyone is doing them and although there are (apparently) good examples and even more bad examples, all of them are going to get very dated, very quickly.
Is exposing every part of the picture so we can see into the shadows such a good thing really? What about the subtleties of light and mysteries of shadow? The play on the imagination…..?
Imagine the film Alien shot in HDR. Would it have been such a scary-assed film? Would we have been trembling behind the sofa after seeing the man in the rubber suit with squeezey-up liquid dribbling down his prosthetic chin? Or would we have found ourselves absent-mindedly reaching for the remote control and seriously considering watching a documentary about Jordan’s latest implants because it would be more fear inducing.
Colour-Popping was also very popular a few years ago. And we all know how great that is. It involves taking a black and white image and leaving one part of it coloured e.g. a girl’s eyes, or a bride’s bouquet. Aw. If you don’t know it, It is similar to when you throw up in the toilet after a heavy night out and there is a solitary piece of bright orange carrot floating in the grey, green bile and you are momentarily distracted by the simplistic beauty of the rippling slop beneath you. That is, until the smell hits you and you throw up again.
HDR is the new black (which of course looks a bit grey in HDR conversion) and is currently loved and seemingly created by all. It gets published in amateur photography magazines across the globe and gets a HUGE amount of likes on social media sites. Fantastic. So continue on intrepid HDRers! A 100,000 flies can’t be wrong.
alison mclean @ the photo foundry
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