So on Saturday I ended up wandering around Perth for a few of hours after my shift finished, using the opportunity to experiment further with my new camera. I have to be honest, I don’t find Perth that interesting a city to photograph. I suppose in large part it’s because of how utterly familiar it is to me. It’s a nice, but small and relatively uninteresting city compared to most others. It doesn’t have a long history, and it certainly doesn’t have much in the way of impressive landmarks. I generally prefer taking photos of things I want to remember, which is why I typically will take a lot of photos when on holiday, but almost never use my cameras when I’m at home.
Whilst the majority of the photos I felt weren’t really interesting enough to bother editing and applying the HDR pizzaz too, there were a handful that came out a great deal better than I had expected. Where on camera they had looked washed out and ruined, in Photomatix they absolutely came to life, rich with vibrant colour! I’m still new to this HDR stuff, but I feel I’m picking it up pretty quickly. So far I have typically kept things closer to the realistic end of the spectrum, at the very least I’d like to keep out of the clown vomit trap that most HDR newcomers tend to fall into. If it suits the photo, I’m sure I’ll cross that line sooner or later, but for now, I figure I should keep things looking relatively natural. Let’s see how I go!