This is a re-edit of a photo I took over two years ago in Sarasota. Like an image I posted a few days ago, this was taken right next to the Ringling Bridge. It's an area of Sarasota where the view is good in all directions which is why I keep coming back.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range which in this case was created by merging three images together. A few years ago, HDR photography was most of what I did, in fact it's what got me back into photography after leaving film. But lately, I've not done much HDR. The main reason is that the cameras are so good you don't need to combine images to get a High Dynamic Range. The other was my impatience with the software, it wasn't always easy for me.
Fast forward to now. The reason I like this edit better than the original is because of some help I had with improved software. Recently a new version of Aurora HDR was released and it's so good that I'm looking at HDR again. The image I posted the other day as well as this one was produced using Aurora HDR 2018. It's easy to use and I'm very happy with the results.
So, there you have it, a little behind the scenes on what goes into these photos. That, and just hanging out at my favorite places along the water.
I took this along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. It was the beginning of an all-night drive along one of the country's most scenic highways. I didn't intend to drive that far, it just kind of happened that way. One thing led to another and I just kept driving late into the night.
The area is so scenic that if you are a photographer you'll want to stop a lot. I had a morning flight the next day so rather than sleep, I grabbed a Red Bull and headed down the highway. I ended up a couple hundred miles south before turning around. Arriving at my hotel around six I had just enough time to freshen up and head to the airport.
Even at night there was a lot to see; stars overhead, the beacon from a lighthouse, and the moonlit cliffs of the pacific range as it falls into the ocean. The trip wasn't planned, but sometimes the best things in life are experienced when you just go with the flow.
I normally avoid malls. Not that I don't like to buy things, I just find malls, well, kind of boring. However, if the mall looks like this then I'm all in. This is the Westfield Mall under Santiago Calatrava's Oculus in New York City. If there is one mall you want to see, this is it.
While visiting the city I walked in to see what it was and got totally blown away by the architecture. The feeling you get here is intoxicating, which is perhaps the intention as you lose your inhibitions and start buying really cool stuff.
Also, it's a perfect place to come and escape either the summer heat or winter cold. I was here on the hottest day in summer, so the cool air was a welcome break. While my wife looked for shoes I sat at a coffee shop and took it all in. Next time I'm back in the Big Apple, this place will be high on my list again.