One of the good things about my job is that when I give a photo assignment I often go out and do the assignment myself. Such was the case this past weekend. My particular mission was to shoot an HDR photo or two. I have spent about 10 hours on this task and, of the 300 photos I took, I’ve ended up with one HDR composite that I like. That’s not bad for a day’s work!
I have posted an HDR (High Dynamic Range) to this blog before but I thought I’d do it again. In simple terms, an HDR photo is really one or more photos of the exact same subject with varying exposures layered on top of each other and adjusted so the whole photo is well exposed – from the very bright to the very dark.
In the case of today’s photo, if I had exposed for the beautiful morning sky, the grass in the foreground would have been barely visible. And if I’d exposed for the foreground, the sky would have been washed out. I must admit that the way I’ve done HDR so far has an element of the surreal in it. And I like that.
Incidentally, this photo has been selected as this year’s choice for my LATI Festival of Trees donation. It will be among many things that are donated and offered during the silent auction for the annual LATI scholarship fundraiser on November 18 at the Ramkota.
Finally, if you are still reading this, you may be seriously interested in HDR. If that’s true, go here to see a YouTube video I made on this subject.