So, I took a couple of shots of Piper laying under the tree during the Christmas holiday. I developed them in two very different ways (other than doing both as HDR’s)
I don’t recall all the settings on the photos themselves, as they’ve been sitting in my blog folder waiting to be posted since December 12th, but I do want to share both and see which one you all like the both.
The first has an accurate white balance and a high detail level. I like the way the shadows and hair on Piper make a very interesting texture and feel. I also like the way the floor looks in this photo. This is a photo that came out as a quite sharp shot and while the textures are interesting, I don’t think that the high detail level is flattering for my beautiful girl. Regardless, here’s the first HDR photo.
The second photo uses the yellow/orange light of the Christmas lights to make a warmer shot. I also spent time softening out the photo and getting rid of the somewhat harshly detailed feel of the first one. (They were both processed the same in Photomatix)
So this is the second shot.
Which one do you all like better and why? Can you all think of things that I should or could have done differently in the photos either in composition or other technique?