If you take an “artistic” photo of art, does the “double-negative” rule of grammar apply leaving you with nothing? You can see more of my work at www.tobygant.com
I’m one of “those guys” who doesn’t care for the over-the-top HDR images. With that said, when it is subtle, it is a remarkable tool for capturing images in high contrast scenarios. At the 2010 Birding and Fotofest in St. Augustine, Florida, I attended a class instructed by Rob Sheppard. He mentioned he uses a plug-in for Lightroom called LR/Enfuse. I’ve been using it almost a year now and it is an incredible tool. It’s easy to use and your images look natural not cartoonish. However, you can easily change the settings to achieve that look if that’s what you’re going for.
Blue Spring State Park near Orange City, Florida has to be one of my favorites. When the weather gets cooler the manatees move from the river into the clear warm water in the spring. When I visited yesterday the park rangers had counted over 300 manatees. You can see more images of the park at my site: http://www.tobygant.com/bluespring