Yes . . . they are photographs! For many of my images I use a technique known as HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography, which brings out the textures and creates an almost 3D ‘painterly’ feel about them.
The technique involves taking at least three differently exposed images (a tripod helps to ensure exactly the same viewpoint) and combining them within a piece of HDR software called ‘Photomatix’. The processing allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of the image than standard photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the great range of intensity levels found in real scenes - the resulting photograph is possibly closer to that which the eye perceives than that which the camera sensor can actually pick up by using just one exposure.