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    Adventures in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

    I'm just starting to give this a try, got my first one yesterday evening.



    Our horse in front of the smoke of a nearby fire (High Park fire) close to sunset. Far from perfect, but I am quite happy with it.

    Anyone else dabbled with the technique at all? If so, please share! Like focus stacking, it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities...

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    Grr, don't have available software right now, or ever... Need to download some.

    Incredible photo!
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    I can't say I have, but I'd love to know more about it! :9~
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    I do!!!!

    HDR S. alata by Wire Man, on Flickr

    HDR S. Snowflake by Wire Man, on Flickr

    HDR S. (rosea x alata) x rosea by Wire Man, on Flickr

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    Thanks, Peatmoss.

    @Brokken: From wikipedia: "High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography, to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter."

    Basically, if you're familiar at all with focus stacking, it's a similar procedure, except with exposure instead of focus. Generally, you take three pictures (though more or less can be used, sometimes even 1 image if it's a RAW), all at different exposures so that you capture very bright stuff (in my example, the sky and clouds/smoke), mid stuff (the grass, fence, that stuff), and the dark stuff (the horse) all at perfect exposures, then use software to combine them in one image, using only the properly-exposed pieces of each image. The ultimate result is one image where everything is (hopefully) perfectly exposed.

    @Wire Man: Some great shots. What software are you using? That first one has some pretty severe ghosting, though it looks like you might've used a deghosting tool on the one or two pitchers you put focus on. That one must've been tough to work with with so much movement in the pitchers. Thanks for sharing!

    Anyone else got some to share?! ^.^

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    I kind of like the ghosting on that one. Wind is not your friend with HDR. I made sure those two pitchers were in the same spot for every photo, could have cared less about the others. I use CS3 and 5 exposures.

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    Does your camera offer 5 auto-bracketed shots, or do you get 5 shots manually?

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    amazing Kyle.

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