Monsoons and Barbed Wire

I’ve been holding onto this one since late July for some reason. I just wasn’t sure about it. I actually have a version of it without the barbed wire, but for some reason I kind of like this a little better. You get a sense of what is happening in the background anyways, the cactus, the vegetation and the monsoon storms brewing in the background.

I had taken the original photo, was about to walk away and realized I liked the rusty old barbed wire and wanted to see what I could do with it. This is an HDR from about 5-6 brackets.

Lots of blur going on here, something I don’t really mess around with too much, so I’m curious how it comes across to people. Do you like the style or does it make your eyes water? 🙂

  • Matt

    Mike, I like this shot. Personally, I don’t like bokehs and shallow depths of field with hdr. There is something about the hdr look that just wasn’t meant to be blurred out in my opinion. I think this works, but I would like to see a version shot at a higher f-stop for comparison. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Simon aka imp creation

    I like this H.D.R and the focus on the barred wire, reminds me of the movie Rabbit fence ( Australian film based on true story) Most would focus on the landscape, and have the fence which could bea distracting line to the vista. However I prefer this attention to the small detail of a bared wire fence made big. which makes the blurred vista seem even larger by the mere fact it is out of focus.