A bridge to nowhere

Who would have thought that here in well organised Switzerland such a thing could happen. There is an overpass road bridge that doesn’t go anywhere. The planners hadn’t realized that it would conflict with a rail track. So they spent all this money and when the last part was put in place it must have been one of those ‘Doh’ moments. It is a bit like life really, sometimes we have an idea to do something, invest a lot of time, energy and maybe money into something only to find we come up against an insurmountable object. And like this bridge, we look back at the  the relics of all our hard work as they remain as a permanent reminder of what a monumental cock-up we made.

The HDR debate

Photographers can often get quite polarized when it comes to the merits of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. For those of you who don’t know what that is, imagine this scene. You want to take a picture but the problem is that some parts of the picture are in bright light, other parts are in shadow. If you take a normal picture, the camera can’t cope and the result will be a picture you loose detail in both the high-lights and low-lights. With HDR photography you take at least 3 pictures of the same scene, and hopefully on a tripod 😉 The first picture you expose for the hight-lights, the 2nd is just normal exposure and the 3rd is exposed for the shadow areas. Then in the computer you bring these images together and voila, you have an image where nothing is either over-exposed or under-exposed. So where does the debate come into all this? Well some says it is cheating, it isn’t a natural picture, others complain, and quite rightly, that it can look very artificial. And it can, if you don’t know what you are doing. My view is, there are no rules when it comes to photography. Since its invention, manipulation has taken place in the Darkroom, through to today and digital manipulation on the computer. I try to keep HDR images looking as natural as possible. For instance, my picture below of the Vittorio Emmanuele Gallery in Milan. If I had taken a normal picture, the detail of the building on the left would have been in dark shadow and you wouldn’t be able to see any of the details. So here HDR is really useful. At the same time I have tried to keep the image looking as             ‘un-manipulated’ as possible. I think the result pays off. What do you think?