February has been a strange month weatherwise here in Victoria. We had the first snowdrops, crocuses and cherry blossoms (not unusual), but we currently have several inches of snow and (comparatively) low temperatures. I’ve had to bring in the hummingbird feeder at night to keep it from freezing solid.
This month I’ve been playing with a new piece of software: Nik software’s ‘HDR Efex Pro‘. As you may have read from some of my other Photography posts, I’m not generally a big fan of what some call the ‘HDR-look’. Having said that, I do understand the value of using HDR imaging for scenes that have an extended dynamic range. Some photographers seem to think that using film to make images is somehow more ‘pure’ than using digital technology, or that computers allow us to render photographs in ‘unnatural’ ways. I disagree. Photographs have been manipulated both in camera and in the darkroom in many ways since their earliest days, including montages. I have no doubt that if Ansel Adams was alive today he’d be quite happy to apply his ‘zone’ system to Photoshop/ Lightroom or other software. Continue Reading →