After mentioning Photoshop® and Topaz® and photo processing yesterday, I thought, that in order to carry on with the thought, I would present three versions of the same photo.
A few days ago, we drove to nearby Almonte to visit their chip truck. While we have a half dozen of such outlets to choose from in our town, this one was listed as notable in the Ottawa newspaper. Since Almonte is just a very short hop away, off we went.
The truck was not located advantageously, so after grabbing our order, we drove our chips/fries to the park on the edge of the Mississippi River. We sat at a picnic table and enjoyed the fries, which were quite good and probably worth the drive.
As we were leaving I noticed a view of St Pauls Church that I thought was photo worthy, so I stopped the car, hopped out, and quickly snapped a few pictures before climbing back into the vehicle and heading home.
That’s the backstory, and here are three renderings of the same picture.
So, what we have are three views based on the same photo. Clearly, the first is what the camera saw, but which one did my eyes see? And which one do I like best?
Actually, I like the final, HDR one least, but I still appreciate the processing power of the software. I think it does bring out the building best, but the rest of the picture is overdone, which is often the case with HDR processing.
Of the first two, I find it a bit of a toss-up. Perhaps, I would like the first best with just a bit of straightening and a bit more sharpening, but I like the warmth of the second version too.
Anyway, the point is that I like playing around with photos. In terms of creating art, I have no ability whatsoever, so I suppose that coming up with alternate versions of photographs fulfills some sort of need or desire for creativity on my part. It really doesn’t matter which version is best, the satisfaction can be in the doing.
Note: HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. Cameras see a much narrower spectrum of light that our eyes, so that in images with a wide range of light, detail is lost in both the darker and brighter areas. Sometimes, photographers will bracket their shots: exposing for regular light, then bright light and then darker light. They will then use software to blend the three or more images in an attempt to come closer to what the eyes might perceive.
Well, I don’t carry a tripod around, so I don’t attempt to make HDR images, but there is some software that attempts to “fake it” in the way it processes a single image.