When I first started this little hobby, I was almost exclusively into High Dynamic Range (HDR) as that was all the rage back in 2009-10. Things have come a long way since then. Camera sensors have gotten better as has the software we use to process images. I hardly ever do HDR anymore. And when I first did HDR, I thought the stuff I did was AWESOME! Some of it was and most of it, looking back on it now, was crap. As time went by, I've picked up new skills and learned more about the things photo processing software - like Adobe Lightroom - can do. Case in point...
The two shots below of a lumber company in Granger, Texas that I took in 2009 are processed very differently. The one on top was processed today almost exclusively in Lightroom and I used just one exposure. The one on the bottom was a 3 exposure HDR and it's horrible! The great David Nightingale would say it looks like, "clown vomit".
Nowadays, HDR can look a lot more natural and could still be used in this situation with the proper software. But, software is just the half of it. Skills are a big part of processing, too and I was sorely lacking them in those days. However, now processing software is much better as is my knowledge if it. One exposure worked out well enough for me for the top photo.
The image itself isn't the best one in the world, but I wanted to use it today just to show the differences between what I thought was awesome a long time ago and what is my idea of an improvement. Of course all of this is in the eye of the beholder and you may think neither one of them are any good. That's OK, too!
Moral of the story; keep working on your skills and persevere. I need to try to be better at doing that myself. And who knows, maybe what I have at the top here will be crap when I look back on it in another 8 or 9 years, if I'm still doing this that long from now. :-)
I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for dropping by.