digital blending

Cold Harbor

I shot this photograph for a dear friend, and I hope he does not mind me posting it here.  It was my Christmas gift to him — a large gallery wrap of any scene he wanted me to shoot in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany.  I shot and processed it yesterday, and, I should note, this was one challenging set of brackets to post-process.  Sadly, Photomatix did not like the set of brackets I was feeding it, so, in the end, I spent some time (you don’t want to know just how long) hand-blending the brackets for this HDR without the aid of any HDR Software, a process is known as “digital blending”; there is absolutely no tone-mapping in this particular image.  I have to admit, though, that I sure enjoyed the creative process on this one, and enjoyed talking to my buddy as I edited it to his specifications.  Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of that blown-out sun, but the brackets needed to fix that were, too me, unacceptable.  My good friend (as well as my wife, whose eye I trust when it comes to my work) actually like the blown-out sun, and it has grown on me as well.  It’s not my best work, but it’s a gift from the heart! So, off it goes to APC (Artistic Photo Canvas) and we’ll hope for the best.  Look for my review of the APC canvas once I have it in my hot little hands!

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