Many years ago I remember reading about digital photography in a photo magazine. The author talked about how he had a chance to go to a lab at Kodak and use their very expensive machine to burn and dodge portions of one of his images. Right off I thought about how great it would be to be able to spot a print digitally (at the time my darkroom was my second bathroom, which was shared with my washer/dryer combination, resulting in real dust problems).
Jump forward about fifteen years and digital photography has taken over many aspects of photography. One of the more recent things I have been able to work with in this respect has been the marriage of the old and new technologies. This particular image is the result of combining three bracketed images to form a single image using Photoshop’s Merge To HDR (High Dynamic Range) tool.
As the program attempts to properly combine multiple images, any movement within the frame is going to offer problems – or open possibilities. In this particular image it can be seen that most of the elements combined nicely, but the upper part of the leaf shows a bit of a multiple image. This works nicely, as it shows movement by the leaf.
Also interesting is the moving water itself. It cannot be seen properly on the screen, but because the program is putting three images which all exhibit moving water together (and all three sets of moving water are going to be slightly different), the result is an apparent reticulation pattern. I have used reticulation in the past as part of the creative process, and it is interesting to see it digitally recreated.
The ability to use the strong points of film and digital together can offer the artist an increasing degree of possibilities.