It’s not just the HDR effects.

A great photo gets things started.

After flying under the radar for a while, Fabio Celeita surfaced again and dove into HDR photography. He picked it up at a pretty intense pace.

HDR = High Dynamic Range.

What is HDR Processing?

Any camera, film or digital, is unable to register the range of light in a manner that the human eye perceives it.When you have a photo  with hot spots or blow outs (opaque white areas that other wise has details you could see) or the inverse of solid black areas with details you could see with your eyes, these are the typical shortfalls of photography. HDR processing help resolve the expansive dynamic range of light by using a range of exposures and taking the best of lightest and darkest details, then blending them with the average exposure.

Given that most HDR processing often has the appearance of an illustration, the dynamic range can be more realistic. One thing is for certain. Most find it visually engaging.

Let’s view of some of Fabio’s personal choices and ask some questions.

So what attracted you to trying HDR? There is something about HDR that I find surreal and very appealing. It is also unique, although some dismiss it as a technical flaw in digital photography; I believe it actually enhances the realm of possibilities within digital photography.

What or who were some of your influences in getting started? My original inspiration for learning HDR was you Marc. I’ve always been amazed by your photography, and although I lost touch for some years due to my career keeping me extremely busy, I always took peeks at your work from time to time. One day I saw your HDR section and the rest is history. I was hooked from the first image!

It’s not easy, but what are your 3 favorite HDR shots, why?

Favorite #1 Grandpa & Sofia: One of my favorites because I feel it captures a very tender moment between my dad and my oldest daughter.

Favorite #2 Huntington Beach Pier: An amazing sunset in California in which the HDR enhanced the beauty of the sunset.

Favorite #3 Sofia: One of my first “portraits” in HDR. It enhanced the sky and clouds leading to the subject. Add her dramatic pose and it makes for one of my favorites!

What range of focal length or lenses do you tend to use? I use all sorts of different lenses ranging from the 18-55 IS kit lens, the Canon EF-S 10-22mm (a favorite) but now replaced with the Canon EF 17-40mm L and EF 70-200mm F/4 (Non-IS) version. If I were to venture and guess the actual range that I enjoy shooting in the most, first would be the 10-12mm range for wide angle photos, then the 35-60mm range for portraits, as well as 70-100mm ranges.

Any ideas you have in the back of your mind you’re thinking about trying? I would like to try aerial photography in HDR. Also structure  photography with a “tilt” lens in HDR format. I’ve yet to find photography of either in HDR format.

When you look ahead, what do you want to accomplish with photography? I’ll to continue to chronicle the lives of my 2 daughters as they grown up so they can have those memories. I’ll continue learning more about photography and feel that my skills are still at the novice level. I’ll continue to grow and enhance skills. The ultimate personal goal would be to leave my corporate job and become a full time photographer.

Are you having fun? I am having a blast and I believe that it shows through my photographs. Photography is an outlet that allows me to escape the hustle and bustle of the business world with a way to express myself and share what I see on a daily basis through my camera lens.


Here’s more HDR eye candy for you courtesy Fabio Celeita :

Special thanks to Fabio Celeita for sharing his fine work with here at MAMA.

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