You Want the truth? You Can't Handle the Truth!
I gotta admit I was a tad disappointed yesterday - a *lot* of people commented on the "painting-ish" HDR-y look of the bridge . . . but believe it or not, that's just the way the bridge looked! The processing brought out the sky and stuff, but largely it was a pretty natural HDR, even for me. Sometimes it's just the character of the subject.
HOWEVER, don't mistake this for me being mad at anyone in particular - I really value those opinions on what you like and don't like . . because I really enjoy making "likable" images.
HOWEVER (I'm just full of contrarianism today, thanks to my boss), for me it's half about what the "audience" likes and half about what I like. There's got to be a balance . . and today, just to be obnoxious and have fun, I'm posting one of my favorite over-the-top HDRs that's been sitting in the queue for a while. Besides, with happy smiling child Friday coming up, tomorrow's post will be a relatively unprocessed one anyway.
The little building is known as the Dot Schoolhouse. The "town" of Dot now consists of about 5 mobile homes about 2 miles away from here. This schoolhouse, built in the late 1800s saw less than 50 years of use and now sits in an open field next to a shiny new wind farm. Go figure.