One of those just about over the top HDR shots I’d better let sit a while; and am tempted to correct the converging verticals in photoshop, something I almost never do. Well, like I say – let it have a rest. Yes – obviously from here on in everything is 5D so I don’t need to keep repeating that (40D arrived safely with James); and Sigma lens should arrive in FL on Monday.
And just about anything that’s remotely static right now is HDR – so I’ll just tag it and not go into that much more. The trick when you’re shooting moving stuff like horses, even these guys that are taking a break is to setup the shot and wait / hope for that second where you can squeeze in the 3 shots without horse movement. It’s all alot of fun for me – this color phase. You get to make so many choices – is the blue sky too blue. Should the foreground be brought up a bit. Bring down the blown out lights or let ’em be. And do it all so that it has a somewhat natural feel to it. Tricky stuff (at least for me) compared to when I do b&w which seems to present less problems.
I think that subconsciously, and now consciously I’m working to build up a color portfolio; not so much from the selling point of view – but to get to a point where you can sit back and contemplate the portfolio as a whole – whether it has jumped into postcard territory (not that there’s anything wrong with that) or whether that certain wave of enjoyment you get comes across to others.
The real trick is not to over analyze a new path (as this one is) since you have no idea where it’s going. But together with the perspective controls in Photoshop, and with combining fewer images, I’m starting to get the idea of how this can give you the view camera feeling.. . without the weight… but with lots of clean pixels… I don’t quite have it all figured out yet but it feels like that’s where this is headed…