I have to preface today's PotD by saying that experimentation is THE best way to grow creatively.
as creatives, we tend to fall into ruts - be it a "creative block" or a comfort zone. More dangerously, though, it could be taking an experiment too far by overdoing it, and overusing a certain tool.
When I was still in the very early stages of learning photography, but I felt like I already had the basic camera technicalities down, the next step was to start learning post processing. Of course, still not having any experience with it, I did it in all sorts of bad ways. Along the way, I discovered the possibilities of HDR (which stands for high dynamic range) photography, where the idea is that you merge multiple exposures together to get an image with detail in all the highlight and shadow areas that would otherwise be pure white or black. Great concept, but like any tool - it isn't any good if not used correctly.
At the time of taking the photo above, my brother must have been 6 years old, and I feel like this scene provided the perfect opportunity for some experimentation.
It seemed like yet another cool case where I could use my new-at-the-time fisheye lens (the [over]use of which is a story for another day) and also try out some more complicated HDR blending.
This is one of the few images that I have climbed out of the HDR hole with, feeling satisfied. I can definitely see how it's technically and even aesthetically imperfect, and yet I believe that it succeeds in conveying the bright, colourful, happy, and childishly messy atmosphere. And also there is an almost surreal feeling, yet with a lot of fine details about the life in the room.
I want to leave you with a piece of internet photography humor and by saying that I'm not dissing HDR photography in any way - when done well it's spectacular, especially with the improvement of digital cameras and software over the years.