Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
This isn't a fair comment at all. Higher DR can occasionally save an image that would have been unusable otherwise. I'm sure event, wedding and photojournalists can definitely benefit from having higher DR. As humans, we are not infallible, and we may very well not be in the correct setting in the heat of the moment. Will I be proud of pulling 6-7 stops out of an image? Probably not, but delivering an image > telling them I missed the shot.
PJs are on such tight time constraints these days that they rarely shoot raw. If you push it to the wires 15 minutes after it happened someone else has already beaten you to the punch and everyone has already picked up that earlier image. That's really nothing new, it's just that the time frame has gotten shorter.
Consider that Neil Leifer's iconic color photo of Ali standing over Liston was basically ignored by the wire services because John Rooney's gritty, B&W image from a worse angle was on the wires hours before his image was.