DIGG’s Favorite HDR Photographer? And an HDR 2.0 Tutorial Update…

I don’t know if the grandiloquent moniker of “DIGG’s Favorite HDR Photographer” is true or not, but there is currently an interview that I did over at Baron.vc where he asked me all kinds of probing and invasive questions. I’m pretty open about all this stuff, obviously, so I am happy to talk about it. In retrospect, I think perhaps I got a little too philosophical in the interview, but oh well.

If you like it, please feel free to DIGG his article here.

Here is a quote from the first part of one of my answers:

Q: You have an interesting background in computer science and video games. Does this inform or shape the world view captured in your photos? What are some of the common themes you find yourself coming back to time and again?

One aspect of my photography probably is related to personal eye problems. I really only see out of my left eye. My right eye is useless. As a child I had a few failed surgeries, and tried everything from eye patches to Hubble-size corrective lenses. Nothing has worked, and to this day, I still read and see with mostly my left eye and my right eye is like Dwight’s dead vestigial twin. Seeing the world in 2D, effectively, during my formative years, threw the right side of my brain into a unique compositional pattern-matcher. I am convinced that I record visual information differently than other people. For example, I played a lot of soccer, so I had to record every diameter of that ball to know how close it was to my foot since I didn’t really have 3D vision. Stereoscopic memories and imagery is stored differently than these 2D patterns, so my entire brain has oriented itself towards a shape-pattern world and associated all memory, thoughts, and creativity around this visual information. Honestly, I don’t know exactly how this translates into my photography, but I certainly think there is some kind of connection.

Also, in a partially related subject, I have updated my Tutorial on HDR, which I have called HDR 2.0 for no good reason. I put in some new screenshots at and talked specifically about my process for creating the picture below. Here is the shot and then a few from the tutorial:
The Icy Pit to Hell

HDR Tutorial - Upgrading to HDR 2.0

Tutorial - Time for HDR 2.0

And, just for kicks, I thought I would put a few HDRs from Italian churches in which I used the same technique that is described in tutorial above. These were all shot on a tripod with multiple exposures. Most of them were 3 exposures, but a few were 5 exposures, depending on light conditions. Churches make good subjects for HDRs because of the colors and the light levels that are very difficult (I argue impossible) to achieve via normal photography.
Alone in the Church

Vampire in the Church

The Airy Doom of the Duomo

The Forboding Church of Valpopando's Marriage

Le Crypto

The Exorcism

Dark Duomo

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  • Is that last picture the back of the Duomo in Milan?

    Great stuff by the way, I always enjoy your work 🙂

  • Thanks. Yes that is the Duomo in Milan for sure – thank you.

  • I feel a bit silly, I just realized I could have clicked the image to go to the flickr page.

  • Just found your work/blog. Thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial on HDR. Time for me to dig into those exposure bracketing settings on my canon. I wish I had known about this before I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon. I would have shot in the RAW + JPG setting instead of just JPG.

    Can the HDR effect be simulated with just one large JPG?

  • Killer photos. Awesome stuff man.

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