People Watching in Paris II

Being fairly new to photography I must admit to being fascinated in the past whenever I’ve seen images which are processed in HDR.  Those of you who regularly follow this blog will know that over the last three months or so I’ve developed a fascination for B&W images which I’ve tried to keep under control (as much as I can!) but needless to say I’ve now discovered HDR is possible even for a top-rated idiot such as myself.  So stand by to be bored to death by HDR images for the rest of your lives – or at least until I get bored with it.

I realise, having been experimenting with it over the last few days, that it is better-suited to some subjects than others, but allow me a little indulgence during this post at least.  Sometimes faces and people can look terrible when processed in this way while I feel architecture and interior scenes are more sympathetic to HDR treatment, but occasionally people and outdoor scenes can look greatly enhanced.  As ever you can be the judges…

Buskers
Some buskers take a break on a crowded Montparnasse street.
Tourists
Some tourists perusing the offerings at a kiosk on the Champs Elysees.
Lunch
Lunchtime down by the Seine.
Dinner
Dinner in slightly more traditional surroundings.
Open Air
An open-air market in Montparnasse.
Still pished
The big man’s still lying there pished!

32 thoughts on “People Watching in Paris II

    1. Yeah, it’s sometimes good for adding a dramatic sky but my recent experiments seem to suggest it’s best used on buildings and interiors. This post was just really to get some feedback. Thanks for commenting 😀

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  1. Try doing some buildings in HDR, then converting those to black and white. It seems to work quite well with old buildings. Like the one of the guy flat-out on the pavement 🙂

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  2. Nice post. I’ve just started experimenting with HDR myself and it takes a little time to work out what works best for what type of subject – but I tend to agree that architecture and interiors work better than landscapes. I haven’t tried people yet.

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    1. I agree. I’ve tried it out on several buildings from the Paris trip and it looks good (oh crap, another post from Paris!) on them, but like you it’s all quite new to me so I’m just experimenting really. I’m looking at your post from Deerness right now. Great stuff. 😀

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    1. Thanks! I don’t wanna overdo it with the HDR but I have a few shots of streets and buildings around Paris which seem really good using it, so maybe… 😀

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      1. I would like to see some B&W in HDR. I think it’s great to try something new. You have a captive audience. 🙂

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    1. I can easily see that being the case but this was really just an experiment to see what kind of feedback I got, but your advice is certainly noted Tootle. 😀

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  3. “Pished” there’s a word I haven’t heard in years. Think I’ll be saying it myself at every opportunity over the next few days.
    Keep the HDR stuff coming!
    At least keep the Paris pictures coming, HDR or not–they’re much more interesting than the usual touristy ones. Still the ones of the cathedral were killer too :>)

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    1. Well, I’d planned on getting pished myself last night until a phone call asking me to come to work early today! I’ve still got lots of photos from Paris to come and it’s only about a month until we’re off to the Balkans 😀

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    1. Yeah, I’ve just been playing around with it in the last week or so and come to the conclusion that it’s best used for buildings and interiors but can sometimes work when there’s a combination of those aspects and people. Thanks Tricia 😀

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