New HDR Techniques in 2012
After almost 2 years of shooting HDR images, it's pretty interesting to look back on the way I've progressed in my use of HDR. It seems that I, like many folks who successfully use this controversial technique, am moving beyond the HDR "effect" to the point of taking full advantage of HDR's ability to expand the dynamic range and detail of my images. In the second half of 2011, after my wife and I moved to Utah and my photo business exploded, and on into 2012 I've been incredibly busy and that has given me a great opportunity to progress quickly. Add to that, the arrival of the new Nikon D800 - my 36 megapixel dream machine - and I'm in heaven! I've had some very exciting new opportunities this year, and am even shooting some single image photos when it's appropriate. For instance, I was the State of Utah's official photographer at July's USGA National Public Links Championship at Soldier Hollow, and multi-exposure shooting simply isn't appropriate for sports photography. I'm still shooting HDR at least 90 percent of the time, though, including the little project I'm working on now for the State of Utah... photographing their state parks. I've done 15 of the 43 state parks so far and am heading west in early September to shoot 8 or 9 more.
So, I've completely gutted this gallery of all the images that were previously in the gallery, and replaced them with the more recent work, including some that were done with my new D800. See if you can tell which ones they are!