A Few More…

A few more photos of the bridge that could tell a story.

I took these today and wanted to add them to the post “Every Picture Tells a Story” However, this is a post as much to do with the images of the bridge as it is about the use of “HDR Imagery”…

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For all of you out there that are a fan of HDR Imagery, these are actually true HDR photos. Each of the photos seen in this post is the result of the “fusion of three separate exposures of the same subject” which in essence the definition of “High Dynamic Range Photography”. Recently HDR has been getting a bad rap. Perhaps the reason is they are composites and not a single exposure. Then again it could be because HDR has been used and abused to create unrealistic images or the fact many photos are not identified as being a composite and you as the viewer are left believing they are a single exposure. The realists would have us believe this is an unfair way to produce a photograph. (ah phooey) The result of HDR if used in a subtle way such as shown here is more in line with how the human eye sees the subject. After all, we use neutral density filters, time exposure and artificial light in a studio setting. So why not HDR. How you use it is up to you.

The whole key to any retouching, or manipulation of any kind is to leave the photo as if it were “natural”, or untouched. Many of the photos I see on the web are over done with the use of these programs. I’m no different, I do it too. Sometimes that’s exactly what you’re looking for. If you look at “Power of the Past” you’ll find the use of HDR for a surreal look. The same goes for “HDR and Landscapes” also found on this site. This time though, I thought you might like to see the usefulness of this tool to a photographer that is simply looking for a crisp image.

If I’m working with a subject that is naturally lit, but has many shadows, this is the perfect tool. It can bring out the highlights and shadows so all the details are visible. Here’s one more. Look closely at this photo. Can you spot the shadow areas that would have been lost in the original photo if exposed properly? Can you spot the sun lit areas that would have been washed out? I’ll let you mull that over for a while before  give you some examples.


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