All of the photos in this post were taken… created… by high dynamic range (HDR) jedi master, Trey Ratcliff. These and many, many more photos are featured on his stunning website and blog entitled Stuck in Customs. If you don’t know what HDR photography is or for that matter the role of Mr. Ratcliff in bringing it to the forefront, note that it’s 2011, Osama Bin Laden is no longer hiding and Whitey Bulger’s photo has been removed from your local post office wall. Spend some time at Stuck in Customs as it will provide an exceptional overview of the technique and includes an industry best (bar none) tutorial on how you too can become a jedi, my young padawan.
Compared to Mr. Ratcliff, all other HDR experts on the web are mere pretenders.
The point of this particular post is: what do you think?
More photos after the jump…
Internet fora are ablaze with arguments pro and con on HDR, a process by which 3, 5, 7 or even more bracketed shots are combined in order to expand the dynamic range within a captured scene. The result can provide a cavernous amount of data from detail in the shadows to detail in the highlights, but spliced together, the result can be flat. Follow-on processing boosts the color and tonality while photo artists tweak a variety of settings, including contrast and saturation.
For some, the effect is spellbinding, mesmerizing. Others describe the scenes are unreal, or worse… garish and even cartoonish.
I mayself am a fan of HDR photography, though strive for a slightly more subdued effect. Still though, I frequent Stuck in Customs and follow Mr. Ratcliff. A nicer and more sharing photographer you won’t find.
But is this your cup of tea?
Posted by Rey