David Giral photography
December 14, 2007 11:28 AM   Subscribe

La Reine et sa Cour Some pretty incredible photographs from this guy, David Giral
posted by psmealey (26 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice images. I'm not a fan of that HDR stuff though. I know some people love it, but it makes my eyes hurt.
posted by blaneyphoto at 11:36 AM on December 14, 2007


I liked the Eiffel one but the others just look like generic airplane magazine shots. Strong colors but not much content.
posted by DU at 11:47 AM on December 14, 2007


Agreed. Ouch. They just look Photoshopped to within an inch of their lives.

Do you think there's an condition where people look at photos like this, go on vacation and then get disappointed by the real thing because natural colours and contrasts are, y'know really sludgy and dull.
posted by rhymer at 11:50 AM on December 14, 2007


I agree with you DU and rhymer. But the Montemarte shot is quite nice and similar to a view I had of Sacre Couer about this time last year.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 12:04 PM on December 14, 2007


HDR can look good when it's very subtle, and when it's used not for its own sake, but to compensate for varying levels of light intensity in a scene. Most attempts tend to look a little over-processed. This guy seems to have a little of both. This one, for example, is hard to identify as an HDR image, and it looks great. This one, not so much.

More on the technique here, how-to, and Flickr Pool, if anyone's interested.
posted by blendor at 12:09 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


For me HDR is just like a color version of using a red filter while taking B/W pics. Not sure why some people loathe it so much. I mean Yosemite doesn't really look the way it does in Ansel Adams pics either now does it.
posted by zeoslap at 12:14 PM on December 14, 2007


I'll admit that I probably don't have the keenest eye for this kind of thing, but I have actually been here, and whether it's over-processed or not, the shot looks very much as I remember it. Oh well. I guess it's best for a musician to refrain from opining on the visual arts.
posted by psmealey at 12:16 PM on December 14, 2007


Coeur, coeur, coeur.

Not "cour"
Not "couer".

C'est tout.
Bon fin de semaine.
posted by Mike D at 12:24 PM on December 14, 2007


Monsieur "D": j'ai bien voulu dire "cour" ("court" en anglais) comme il est ecrit dans le page Flickr... non pas coeur.

Ca y'est, c'est tout. De plus, ici, comme en France, on dit "bon week-end" au lieu de bon fin de semaine.
posted by psmealey at 12:29 PM on December 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


Paris me manque.
posted by rtha at 12:34 PM on December 14, 2007


This makes me homesick.

Somebody is going to enjoy the new flickr stats.
posted by srboisvert at 1:09 PM on December 14, 2007


Does he ever get sick of hypersaturating the sky? Ugh
posted by 0xFCAF at 1:28 PM on December 14, 2007


psmealey: On dit «bon fin de semaine» au Québec.
posted by mkb at 1:48 PM on December 14, 2007


d'accord. J'ai oublie.
posted by psmealey at 1:50 PM on December 14, 2007


HDR = overrated
posted by batou_ at 2:35 PM on December 14, 2007


J'ai un poisson dans mon pantalon.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 2:35 PM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


CitrusFreak12: Put it down please, its for dinner.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 3:09 PM on December 14, 2007


I thought they were lovely, especially the Eiffel Tower, but then I am a bohemian.
posted by misha at 3:52 PM on December 14, 2007


Dunno about you but I always found that this tower is such an ugly thing.
posted by zouhair at 4:06 PM on December 14, 2007


Not a fan. How dated and ridiculous are these photographs going to look in a year, never mind ten?
posted by fire&wings at 5:17 PM on December 14, 2007


I am always complaining that there are no good postal cards of Montreal. Here they are.
Thanks psmealey.

(Et on dit "bonne fin de semaine".)
posted by bru at 7:53 PM on December 14, 2007


Well hey! Look at all the professional photographers in here.

Anyway, I liked the pictures quite a bit. Thanks. No need to moderate.
posted by Avenger50 at 11:30 PM on December 14, 2007


No moderating going on here that I see, just commenting on the photos. No one's questioning the quality of the post itself that I can see anyway.

Personally, I love subtle and well used HDR. This goes past that border for me, unfortunately. A lot of people do like this look though, obviously. I've never gotten into doing HDR, probably because i don't shoot landscapes and the like much and a good deal of what I do shoot won't hold still enough to make it possible, but from the couple of attempts at doing it I made awhile back I have a lot of respect for those who can do it well. More work involved than just using some actions or some of the software out there that will do the merging automatically; the best HDR shots I've seen took quite a bit more effort than I'm willing to put into the process I suspect.
posted by Stunt at 4:09 AM on December 15, 2007


I do not like HDR.
posted by killdevil at 11:26 AM on December 15, 2007


Je ne les aime pas! Ils n'ont pas d'émotion ou de subtilité. Ils sont tous creux, n'est-ce pas?
posted by oxford blue at 12:25 AM on December 16, 2007


HDR is the velvet Elvis carpet wallpaper of our times.

/is guilty as well
posted by Poagao at 12:06 AM on December 17, 2007


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