2/22/2011: Flood Tide on the Mousam HDR 1

While I am not done with the digiscoped birds from Merritt Island, I, for one, need a break. Yesterday morning we had fresh snow, and as the front passed away out to sea in the afternoon, some spectacular skies. Add as high a flood tide as I have ever seen along the coast here and you have the makings of some HDR landscapes, or sea-scapes, or river-scapes…some-scape with a lot of water and sky.

This image walks a fine line, to my eye, between natural and over-the-top. It presents a reality that is there, but that, without the emphasis of HDR and tone-mapping, many people would not see. It is the reality a painter records when painting such a landscape…an image built up in the mind over time, as the details and the colors catch the attention one by one, as the shadows and reflections on the water burn in to the awareness. It is not what you see at a glance or in the moment, and therefore perhaps strikes the eye as not strictly photographic. It is something between a painting and a photograph. I don’t, in fact, know if any such space exists, and, even in my own mind, the jury is still out on HDR and tone-mapping…but I do know that I like this image. I like the drama of it…the vivid world it portrays…the intensity. It is just so alive on an lcd monitor, with the light behind it. I like it.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent field of view. Three exposures centered around –2/3 EV, assembled and tone-mapped in Photomatix, final processing for intensity and clarity in Lightroom. Some distortion control and a bit of noise reduction (generally needed in HDR) as well.

6 Responses to “2/22/2011: Flood Tide on the Mousam HDR 1”

  1. 1 GS Kurniawan
    02/22/2011 at 7:42 am

    I like it, texture of fresh water with the clear reflection of the sky. Well done!

  2. 2 Wendy Hollands
    02/22/2011 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful I love the ripples in the water!!

  3. 3 Colo43
    02/22/2011 at 8:51 am

    i love the shot itself, but to me its looking streaky from the vertical aspect.

  4. 4 singraham
    02/22/2011 at 8:55 am

    Streaky in the vertical aspect??? This is the second comment (one via email) that I have gotten like that. What are people seeing that I am not? What I see are trailing wisps of cloud curtain below the main mass of clouds…is that it?

  5. 02/22/2011 at 9:24 pm

    I am seeing what you see,,,,this is a terrific shot!

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