How much Processing goes into your images? These are all real images from real locations. These images have not been created, partly created or generated by computer. By that I mean, I didn’t add clouds, mountains, waterfalls, where they were none of these elements, or added a sunset where they were no sunset. All images have been taken with high quality digital cameras, lenses & filters on location around the world using the techniques I have acquired within the past 10 years. Unfortunately, even with today’s technologies, the camera does not see the world as clearly as the human eye does. The dynamic range of today’s professional camera is still not capable of rendering details in both the High and Low Tones of some specific scenes. Due to this limitation, some of the images have been created using several exposures of the same scene (Some exposed for the high tones and others exposed for the low tones). These exposures are then combined carefully using a technique called Luminosity masking. This technique provides a dynamic range that is closer to what I witnessed with my own eyes while capturing the scene.
Being at the right place at the right time, having the right tools and knowing how to capture the scene as best as possible to have the latitude of working with the right RAW file is key here…After I see the post processing, exactly as applying makeup to a beautiful woman…. She already posses all the quality attributes & features she needs, the makeup will only accentuate these features in the best possible way… I really love to create a sense of fantasy in my images, both on and off the field using different techniques acquired over the years.. Create a vision that makes people dream and get in touch with their inner peace. If my work makes your day a bit brighter and helps you forget about your troubles if it’s only for the brief moment you look at it, then I have done my job well.
Some choose to use a true HDR approach, some decide to use the same approach as I do using luminosity blending and other post processing and some prefer to simply capture the scene and leave it untouched. All these are perfectly fine with me and will render incredible results when done right. It is up to the artist or viewer to decide which direction he or she prefers. As an artist, Do what you think is right for you and perfect your craft. There is no right or wrong here, we are all here to create in our own way…It’s a question of personal choice & artistic vision. Only YOU can decide what direction to take. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are doing it wrong. You will NEVER please everyone and if you try, I can assure you that you will be miserable and lost. There will always be some that will take a real pleasure of bringing you down, so what really counts here is pleasing yourself. If you do, and do it well with passion, people will see this in your work and appreciate you for who you truly are.