I understand your point for aesthetic "appeal" and agree with it.
In this historic building, though, I HAD to deliver the take with the line and the door
(that was on the left in the original) as the line was a rail on which the very massive
door was rolling to close and open.
A typical case of descriptive document vs evocative photography!
Yes, as many are around in the "land" (in the german sense and pronunciation).
Getting sites like that in a different light is the challenge as they are shot all year
'round by thousands of tourists!
But could you not have combined two exposures, 1 for the arch and 1 for the vines ?
I can imagine that the stonework is also of interest and in character with the scene.
The colours against the frost background are very attractive.
I've been on that road for quite some time and through the years
I developed a way to work that, and that's why I'm here, I like to
question and eventually revise.
The greatest challenge before me is not technique or gear but an
other aspect (the most important) of photography: communication.
Times are changing and the types and levels of communication too.
If I would make perfect pictures telling no story or communicating
in an inadequate way, I would throw myself out of my own trade. A living forum like this here, is a good place to open for critics some
works and evaluate its communication interest.
Like any other tool, HDR is an option in the tool box. For a same
work, many different approaches are possible… just as many as
there are artistic intents. I have adopted the very old idea that
Mother Nature needs no make up. This means that any rendition
of a nature subject should be in their most natural representation.
That means, as well, that out of the context of nature, HDR may
be at times a great option to seriously consider.
In this thread, the frost is the keyword and the stonework just
a frame for the scene.
Why would a smile like yours be Hell on Earth?
Beautiful shot, I like the frame of the door, it loses context when removed in the tighter crop. The final edit is very nice with the line removed.
I appreciate the comments on lighting the inner building. Could this not have been done with flash rather than HDR. Locking the exposure for the far landscape in manual and the. Adding some flash exposure compensation for the building would have worked? And been all in camer, no HDR!