I went for lunch in Windsor with a friend on mine, and naturally brought my camera. In between sampling some excellent food and Summer Lightning ale at the George Inn and a well deserve ice cream at Ben & Jerry's I indulged in a little HDR of the landscapes. From on of th bridges I caught a couple of nice images, and, facing the castle up close I got a great illustration of why you see so very few HDR images with people in them. Even in the bright sunlight people move too quickly and so form and interesting blur, but not all of them, and that's Tyne trouble. In a high traffic area it's fine, the whole barrage of tourists blur into a stream of colour, but an attraction also has people standing around, who don't move enough to join the steam. As such I'm a little unhappy with it.
I also did a few street shots, and it'd lot easier to get away with taking people's pictures in a very touristy area, than at 2am in Soho. People expect everyone else to be a tourist and so accept the random pictures. Unfortunately, you also don't get h same insight into people. There really seems to be a difference between how people go out on a nice day and how people go out in the middle of the night and the mask is thicker during the day, thicker and so very much less interesting,
Looking back at the two kinds of images it took highlights to me a real difference between landscape and people photography. If you are trying to capture a person you are looking for honesty, an image which captures the essence of the person that you, as a photographer, see. Landscapes are more abstract, and in some ways more difficult. A photograph of a landscape, taken on auto, with no editing will be dull, becaust the magic is in the implication of colour, it is why a truly great artis is all about colour not about detail or accuracy. Look at Picasso or Monet, they sought to capture the wonder of light, not as it is, but as it is understood, it is not about truth, but about beauty.