Does Fall Foliage Make for Good HDR?

Iydillic Scene

One of the best tips I’ve ever received is to look all around for photos – even in your own back yard.  Over the weekend, while on the daily dog walk, a few scenes happened to catch my eye.  Not satisfied with what the camera phone could do, I quickly came back to the house and got the SLR out.  A few minutes later, started capturing some of the scenery that remained of the fall foliage that is still present at the lower elevations.  The next thing I knew, I was looking up, looking down, looking behind me, and poof – I had a whole new set of images for a “fall foliage” collection!  These are the types of images that definitely benefit from some subtle HDR processing both to enhance the colors, as well as bring some light to shadowed areas while allowing for the lighter whites of the clouds.  Here’s some of the scenes I captured from just this one outing:

Yellow and Blue
Yellow and Blue

Iydillic Scene
Iydillic Scene
Orange, Red, and Blue
Orange, Red, and Blue

Yellow, Green, and Blue
Yellow, Green, and Blue

Colors Colliding
Colors Colliding
Going Low
Going Low

As you can see, the subtle HDR processing really added something to the photos.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  As in most things artistic, there is something of a judgment call involved.  Perhaps an important side note here in learning more about composition is to realize that something came out of an otherwise normal exercise (taking the dog for a walk), and in looking all around yourself, images are available everywhere.  Where should you look for your next photo?  Right there!  You just have to know to look for it!

Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

Photo Books – MPix review

Photo Book Cover

Photo books are becoming an increasingly popular way of getting your images printed.  It’s no longer as cost prohibitive or complicated to do as printing outfits seek to bring more products and services to the consumer market.  I’m in the midst of doing some testing of various online printing services, and one of the first books I got was from Mpix.  So, today, I’ll be showing you some of the pros and cons of this service.  I decided to approach the photo book reviews from five perspectives:  image quality, binding quality, durability, value, and turn around time. Read more