Bluish calmness of the lake beneath a clear sky
Lush greenery mirrored by the reflections in the lake
I recently went prancing around with my camera (and the guy) again. I decided I had to take advantage of the return of the clear blue sky, lest it gets sabotaged by unexpected natural calamities again.
I’ve taken pictures at the Chinese Garden many times before – during an outdoor photo shoot for my wedding, on a date with the guy for fun and laughter, with my family during the Lantern Festival, with friends for their photo shoots etc. One of those memorable moments (in my teenage years) was the time when I brought along my dad’s classic old film camera with me to the garden to take scenic shots of the idyllic and poetic spot. I still have these photos kept in a nice album at home; I still take them out once in a while to remind myself of my continuous love for and interest in photography.
This time round, instead of film photography, I’ve upgraded to using the 21st century photo taking cheat treats via the High Dynamic Range technique. My goal was to utilise the tone-mapping and post-processing tools to effect different feels and emotions of the same few selected sceneries, to accentuate my inner sentiments for the place where I grew up in.
All of the images above demonstrate a contrast that I’ve created between more natural looking HDR photos and those purposely created for dramatic effects. The last two images are a little too overexposed due to the lack of underexposed images for processing the tone-mapping. There’s still a lot of room for improvement… which is why I am already planning for my next trip out!