Photographer Paul Coffin Visits

Wonderful HDR Photos from Paul Coffin

My 17 year old son and I were visiting the area from Atlanta on his spring break and he shares my love of photography. In fact, the visit to Oak Alley was a highlight of the trip for him as much as it was for me. I am an avid photographer, explorer and traveler. I am passionate about photography and capturing the beauty around me. I studied visual arts at Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto, Canada. The year after I graduated I received a Canada Council Arts grant to continue my exploration into digitally manipulated imagery. That was 1990 and I am not even sure Photoshop existed back then. During this time my career in business flourished and my photography took a back seat to the demands of work and starting a family with my wife.

Fast forward more years than I care to admit, further corporate ladder climbing, several different cities, and I continue to be drawn to my photography as a form of creative self-expression. Photography is my medium of choice to express my feelings about my experiences, the places I visit and the people I meet. I decided to start a blog (paulcoffin.wordpress.com) to share my images and the stories behind them and my thoughts on the photographic medium. I am also an active user on Flickr where I post my images.
 
I have always preferred landscape photography and as many photographers will attest, became frustrated with the lack of detail and tone one could achieve with a modern digital camera. High dynamic range (HDR) photography solved that problem and I quickly taught myself how to use the digital tools to extract the rich colors, vast tones and exquisite detail that comes with HDR photography. Like any tool, HDR can be over used and I am careful to apply the technique only to the extent that it enhances the scene and not take away from it. It is a matter of taste and is not without a certain amount of controversy among the photographic community.
 
We hope one day to return and with a little more time can take more pictures of the interior. By the way, a special thanks to the staff while I was there last week, despite my awkward looking tripod, they were patient with me and no one asked me to hurry up and move along which is not uncommon in these situations.
 
Paul Coffin
 
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