I live in a town named “Rincon”, which is about 20 miles outside of Savannah. When I’m traveling and am asked by strangers where I live, I always respond by saying “Savannah” because otherwise I’d have to go into a further discussion about where “Rincon” is located.
Even though I’m only 20 or so miles from Savannah, I don’t often visit Savannah. You see, I’m not a very patient guy and the traffic in Savannah has gotten progressively worse over the past 5-10 years. This is an unfortunate thing though because Savannah has a lot of beautiful sites to see and photograph. Each time I visit Savannah and take pictures, I’m reminded of this.
The picture in this post is of the famous fountain in Forsyth Park. My plans the day I captured this photo were to get a picture of the fountain with a beautiful sunset in the background. As is the case most of the time, the weather did not cooperate with me. The multi-colored sunset pictures you’ve seen before are created when there are just the right amount of white, thin, fluffy clouds in the sky as the sun begins to dip below the horizon.
As I walked around Forsyth Park looking for the best vantage point of the sunset, it became apparent to me that I wasn’t going to be able to capture a sunset picture. So, in an instant, I changed my objective for the evening to instead capture a picture of the fountain that I knew would show the true beauty of the fountain itself.
I placed my tripod in a location that I know thousands of other people have also stood and taken pictures of the fountain from. That didn’t concern me though because I knew I’d be able to capture and share an image of the fountain that was unlike anyone had ever seen before. I don’t mean this in a conceited way at all. Because of the power of HDR Photography and how relatively new this process of photography is, I knew that I would likely be one of the first photographers to stand in this location during the prime blooming season, capture multiple exposures from this vantage point, and then “develop” those exposures using my own special post-processing recipe.
I’m very satisfied with the way the final image turned out. Yes, the sky is a bit boring, but if I’ve done my job correctly, your eyes should instead be drawn towards the fountain. Hopefully, anyone who’s ever visited this park and has seen this fountain before will feel as though my photograph is one of the best representations they’ve viewed. And if you’ve never had the opportunity to see this fountain in person, I hope this picture makes it feel as though you just have.
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