Doors of India

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We have thousands of posts here and other subpages. Comments get sprinkled in all over the place every day. I do my best to respond, so please do not take it personally if I can’t get back and answer a question. I was thinking about hiring someone to do it for me – but that seems kinda strange… so I’ll just keep trying to do my best!

I noticed a sour grape over on the About Me page. I always leave up negative and critical comments (unless they are outright offensive). We run about 99% positive around here, but I’m always open to dissenting opinions, as in this one from “TRC” below:

Submitted on 2010/04/20 at 7:21pm

sorry, but your photos look way to clarified and contrasted that it completely defeats the purpose of SLR photography. . . . . .

If i wanted wanted a shot that has every thing sharp in it, i’d use a point and shoot.

Where is the shallow depth of field, its like you’ve maxed out the clarity levels in every photo and crushed the blacks in every photo. . . . .

You photos look crap.

Daily Photo – Doors of India

India is filled with all sorts of amazing temples and fine examples of Mughal architecture. When visiting the famous places, there are often a lot of “periphery” buildings that are quite empty. The crowds flock to the centers of these places, but all kinds of little treasures wait around the edges. I think being a photographer (beginner or advanced) helps you to enjoy the other bits as much as the major bits.

The only problem, if it can be considered a problem, is that you are constantly over-stimulated by any place that is remotely interesting! There is a bit of sensory-overload, but I guess there are worse things in life!

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  • http://www.chrispokorny.com Chris Pokorny

    Love the textures and colors in this one! I check your site often and enjoy the stuff you post. I think the haters should head on over to flickr.com – I’m sure they’ll find photography that doesn’t defeat the point of SLR photography… whatever that means! Been working on some realistic HDR one shots of my black lab, Zoey. They are turning out pretty neat – updated gallery can be found here: http://bit.ly/9ECKxn

    Newest photos are towards the end of the gallery.

  • http://deysonortiz.com Deyson

    I am sure every great artist in or history had its tough critic. I believe your photographs capture a moment in time instead of just a snapshot, its as if I am actually sitting at these beautiful locations and getting a chance to observe all its details and richness.

    I think most of us are used to seeing photographs where only one object is in focus, the way our eye works, but instead your images represent what our brains sees, a complete environment full of texture, information, detail and feeling.

    Keep providing us with 99% positivity, that is the reason we keep coming back every day.

    Thank you, and for all its worth, I think your photographs rock!

  • http://www.mindlessdesign.com Brady

    Is that guy serious? Photography doesn’t have to have depth of field. A lot of your work showcases landscapes where you don’t want depth. Photography is and art and you express it how you see it and feel it and ultimately want it to look like. Your work is phenomenal. Thank you for sharing your work, this piece included! Great work Trey!

    On a side note, TRC… learn to speak/write English before you go and write crap like that!

  • http://captainkimo.com Captain Kimo

    I think that person is jealous of you Trey. They probably couldn’t tone map an HDR image to save their life, let alone, get awesome results like yours. I don’t have room for crap like that on my blog, most of them are just trolls anyways. They probably don’t even own an SLR camera.

  • http://benlee.squarespace.com Ben Lee

    I must admit I’m very jealous of your lifestyle. Wish I could travel the world taking photos. Thank you for sharing them though. Again a very nice photo. I’ve recently attempted HDR shots. They are no where near as good as yours, but by following your daily posts I at least I have something to aim towards.

    Keep up the positivity!

  • Sue

    I love your pictures they bring a bit of real life to my shut in life. I especially love using them as wallpaper on my computer. Your photos make me feel as if I’m there. Thank you for sharing

  • http://latency.smugmug.com/Other/Photos Reed

    I totally disagree with TRC, but not for the reasons he enumerates. Plus, I can’t take anyone seriously who uses the word “crap” when discussing someone else’s painstaking work.

    I love Trey’s finished product. I’ve seen him talk (Google) and I own his book, so you can definitely count me as a fan.

    That said, I do question how much of Trey’s gift is capturing HDR images verses a having keen skill in Photoshop. Trey has always been frank in regard to his PS usage – it is a large part of his HDR tutorial. He goes as far as to hint that without Photoshop you shouldn’t be doing HDR – which is the exact point where I disagree with him.

    My HDR images are much more subtle – I use HDR as just another technique in my arsenal – I don’t feel the need to spend 15 minutes capturing the images then 2 hours in Photoshop. HDR can easily stand on its own if done correctly.

    I would very much like to see Trey produce a video where he goes through his entire process. I believe many people would be surprised to witness the amount of “Photoshopping” that takes place.

    -Reed

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gail-Stayton-Moshier/513775196 Gail Stayton Moshier

    I agree with all the above posts, Trey. I’m glad you don’t take such criticism to heart. And “crap” certainly does not apply to your work, it is an art. Anyway, love the colors in today’s photo!! Great job, keep doing that “crap” as it’s wonderful ;-)

  • Richard

    Hey Chris.. beautiful work. Lots of people overcook their HDR stuff and ruin it. Yours are very nicely done. It’s interesting that, even though a lot of us use the same tools and techniques, our picture always have our subtle stamp on them… composition, angle, subject matter, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Beem/1182106007 William Beem

    I don’t understand the purpose of coming to a site just to leave that kind of negative criticism. If I don’t like something, I leave and don’t return. If the comment isn’t helping someone else, it’s just a vain waste of time.

    For my own vain waste of time, I enjoy coming here for my daily art fix.

  • http://www.wichmannstories.blogspot.com Tina

    If your pictures are crap, I”ll take crap anyday!

    Some of you photos are places that I’ve been to, and are beautiful reminders of times past.

    Can’t wait until you shoot Antarctica? I’m sure that must be on your list!!

  • casusan

    Don’t pay any attention to that wierdo – your art is amazing! Love the photo today – rich and wonderful textures!!

  • Richard

    Reed.. I would love to see that too. I appreciate Trey sharing what he does share, but I’d imagine he keeps a few tricks up his sleeve. It would be extremely interesting to watch a typical process from start to finish.

    Whatever he does though, doesn’t take away from the impact of the final product. Any of us probably makes hundreds of decisions along the way to creating a final image. So, it’s really creating a work of art and any manipulations along the way are no different than a painter employing whatever techniques are at his or her disposal.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all!

    Reed and Richard – Absolutely I clean up the HDR process a lot with Photoshop… You’ll see all this in the HDR DVD we are making now… In fact, just working on the little promo reel that shows a bit of it! :)

  • Adrian Freisinger

    HDR DVD ? I want Ii now please !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maggie-Hogan/1082760070 Maggie Hogan

    whatever that guy…
    anyway, i really love this. did you know door photos are my favorite?

  • http://www.byrnitch.blogspot.com/ Byrn Kong

    We are now in the era of digital photography, and a photo shouldn’t stop at the camera itself.

    * do we really need shallow depth of field in landscape photography? or stick to a tilt shift lens (only) whenever we tried to shoot a scenery?

    I think TRC love his gadgets and the photography rulez so much that he tends to forget how to see things using bare eye~

  • http://tcrpmg.wordpress.com Michael (@TCRPMG)

    I couldn’t disagree more with this person. They say art is subjective, but this comment is really harsh. Your stuff is amazing. Don’t let one silly comment worry you Trey.

  • http://photo-o-wisp.tumblr.com Adi W

    Hi Trey. I’m a new fan of you. I saw this blog through your interview with Alfie Goodrich, since I’m in a class of him. I really like your work, and it really sparked my motivation to learn about HDR. I usually don’t like to use photoshop or any editing tools too much, because I like to have my photo as “pure” as I can, so it could describe who I am, and how I shoot. But photography is an art. You can have your own style of photography. Someone cannot judge a photo objectively. So cheers! If your photos are crap, then please teach me how to make those crap.

  • Max

    I am a general fan of most of your pictures, however I reckon this one quite nicely shows how the HDR process creates an interesting looking picture of an in my opinion rather unspectecular theme.

    When I walk around taking pictures I’d certainly wouldn’t capture a shot like this, because on screen later on it’d just look… well not necessarily boring but sort of out of place.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that with the help of HDR random shots of doorways, for example, get put into a new perspective which can be a good thing. So it does bring you a lot of new possibilities to create pictures.

    But I can understand TRC in a way that the HDR photography sort of makes it “easier” to take a good shot with all the processing included since it mostly looks good afterwards anyway.
    Personally I’m more a fan of pictures capturing a certain mood, as you did with the girls waiting, I think, for a pizza a fews back!

    But as you can obviously see, those pictures can also be achieved using HDR :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Lyon/57803683 John Lyon

    A coworker of mine who’s worked as a professional photographer in the past looked through “A World in HDR.” He seemed to really like it, but distinguished Trey’s photographs as “art” rather than “photography.” Which makes a certain amount of sense.

  • http://latency.smugmug.com/Other/Photos Reed

    I think this brief (< 5mins) talk, about using HDR in a real-world scenario, makes a lost of sense given the discussion above:

    http://www.vimeo.com/11189373

  • http://www.imsticking.com Ray Scott

    Hi Trey,

    I’ve been following your work since you helped Luria take her first HDR in Times Square last year and you images really inspired me to take an interest in photography. At first I went a bit HDR crazy with my Leica compact and after a while (you’re in a totally different league to myself and anything else I’ve seen in HDR btw) I started exploring black and white and street photography.

    Today I went to see Irving Penn’s portrait work at the National Portrait in London. It’s all black and white of course :) Clearly we all have different taste, and for your critic to say that what you do goes against DSLR photography leads me to believe he’s more of a ‘rules man’ than an artist with a camera.

    Each to their own I say. I’m not a massive fan of over-saturated images, but I wouldn’t dream of saying that you’re getting it wrong. It’s your style, and clearly there are a lot of fans of spectacular landscapes taken beyond the dynamic range we as human’s see. Personally, I would like to see less images from you ‘shopped with “Orton Hears a Who”, but that’s just my taste coming through :)

    I loved your black & white taken of the Meat Girls, and it would be interesting to see some B&W HDR stuff from you, or take for example the gateway(s) in the forest without any modification to the colors. Again that’s just my taste.

    Keep on, keeping on!
    Ray

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Don-Foru/100000967899738 Don Foru

    Very nice shot, great texture and colors.
    I don’t like dogs which bark and can’t bite.

  • http://carllicari.smugmug.com Carl J Licari

    Everyone has an opinion and that’s his. Your work speaks for itself. I can’t say I like all of it, but I sure like most of it.

  • http://www.fangmandesign.com Matt

    I think a lot of the criticism is based on people’s perceived “rightness” of their approach to photography and how your solutions—and probably the popular/financial success—frustrates them. To each their own.

    I view your work more as “painting with the camera” than anything else. Your making beautiful imagery and interpreting your environment in your own way, using the tools of your choice. And you’ve only been doing it for a short time. I think it will be much more interesting where you are 5 years from now as an artist than where you are right now.

    Thanks for keeping the dialogue going.

    Matt

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhanson739/ Rob Hanson Photo

    Trey — Having to deal with negative comments can be discouraging when all you’re trying to do is to make art, share information, and have fun doing it. As long as you can say that you’re doing those things, then it really doesn’t matter what anyone else says about it.

    I’ve never understood why someone would be motivated to slam any form of art. The end-results of the creative process are witnessed purely subjectively, and that makes any critique worthless, or at least, worth less.

    Rob

  • Michael Jardeen

    I think it’s a matter of taste — isn’t that always the case. I love 85% of what Trey does. Sometimes they look over processed, or I just don’t like the composition. It’s called art for a reason. More important to me is the inability to articulate a reasoned critique on the part of the person whose comment leads this post.

    HDR is a new form of photography and it makes some nervous, and it offends the purest/traditionalist. I am sure that Ansel Adams would jump at it if he were alive. but I think the gradation of light is too important a part of an image and that is where I sometimes hit my limits with HDR. The image of the Tree and the Hobbit Hole from New Zealand is a great example of holding gradation and taking the image to a new level.

    This image of the doors to me is an interesting detail piece but it is too static and too flat in areas. Does that mean I think Trey’s work is crap, of course not. I’m just less than thrilled with this one image. HDR is a technique that allows one greater control over tonal ranges, but it does not substitute for composition, lighting, and other post production skills.

  • http://diamonds-photos.com David Latour

    I would tell that idiot that wrote that comment He doesnt have to look at your site.

  • http://www.places2explore.wordpress.com Talke Photography

    Trey, how about another vid reading this one back…use a diff accent this time…how about German? LOL That last vid was classic! Enjoy the travels!! Pete

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kurokoshiroko orlando

    Reed’s thoughts are spot on. Learning how the master works is always a fascinating part of learning.
    A video of the process would be great.
    One of the many great things about Trey is his humanity which elevates his art and makes us all ther better.
    Orlando

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/santomarco/ Matt Santomarco

    Really looking forward to the DVD Trey! I cant wait!!!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks everyone – I appreciate your comments… I read them all as always… nice to know so many clever and smart thinkers are here! :)

  • Jeelz

    Your photography Trey sets new standard in digital photography. There will always be naysayers who are finding it hard to adapt to change. They are still “stuck” with older principles and techniques. Ignore them and please continue sharing your awesome and inspiring work!

    BTW Trey, Glad you like shooting in India – when is your next trip to India going to be? Would love it if you can do a workshop here, or maybe catchup over coffee. You do have a grand fan following here you know :-)

  • http://adamsviewsimaging.blogspot.com/ John E Adams

    To each his own, the world is full of experts and opinions none of which create anything artistic – love your works over here Trey -;0)

    Cheers!

    John

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  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Jeelz – I don’t have a trip to India planned, but I am sure there will be many more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Cook/1160928247 Jason Cook

    I guess everyone sees the world differently. I think you capture most people’s ‘romantic memory’ of a given scene nicely. I really enjoy other photographic styles but always keep coming back to HDR.

  • http://twitter.com/FullStopIndia S Chris Chopp

    Somehow the doors of India draw in tourists both new and returning. There is something mystical about the doors of old forts and palaces, something mysterious about doors of back alleys, something fascinating about what’s behind the closed doors of private homes. I’m glad you chose this shot as it shows pieces of the original inlaid tile still clinging for life, not to be forgotten.

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  • Dee

    Beautiful. I hope they were better restored. India needs to do better in maintaining its history.
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