Let The Details Go

In photography, there are many “rules” that can be broken. Some of which are more important than others. However, all are not in stone.

I’m a believer in creating a photograph that is how I vision it, which makes the most sense.

This photograph is a perfect example of that statement.



Let those details go! – tweet this

You see, there are a lot of areas in this photograph where shadows disappear. They are so dark that there is no detail.

I’m OK with that.

In fact, I like it so much better than if details were there. Why? It’s more realistic.

I could have easily created this photograph as HDR, but decided against it for the reason I just mentioned.

Details aren’t always important, so let them go.


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Thanks for reading and happy shooting,



  1. Jim Denham January 29, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Absolutely beautiful Scott, and just so without those pesky details! Well done!

  2. Jimi Jones January 29, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Wonderful shot, indeed!
    Nice job of capturing the scene, Scott.

    I see the “rules” as guidelines for the basics of photography. There are no one-size-fits-all rules or approaches, it’s more about what one envisions and wants to express.

  3. Scott Wood January 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Great shot Scott. I am not really sure that you broke any rules here at all, maybe bent them a bit only :-)

    I agree, one of my biggest problems with “HDR” is the lack of shadows or highlights. The world is full of highlights and shadows, and our images should reflect that, IMO.

    • Scott Wyden Kivowitz January 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Thanks so much, Scott. I agree that sometimes too much detail can hurt HDR as well.

  4. Jason February 1, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Wow, great shot there scott!

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