Starting this past January at the Yosemite DLWS i have been practicing with the HDR technique. These past couple of weeks have provided me with some interesting exmaples of when it can be used. The three examples i have up are from Hannalei Bay, Opeaka Falls, and Waimeya Canyon. My apologies if those are not spelled right, Hawaiin names aren’t easy for me to remember. Each of these locations had either a great sky and low light on the foreground or vise versa. With the Bay, image below, the pier had some great character to it which in this case i wanted to preserve, while keeping the clouds. This is a seven bracket image put together with photomerge 4. The one thing that i noticed was that the image itself is sized differently than normal. Not sure why probably something i missed clicked on. The one big problem I have noticed while practicing is noise and bright spots. Both can be fized but are annoying.
The one below is Opeaka Falls and what really interested me on this one was that HDR wasn’t really necessary on this image. It didn’t seem to preserve or bring out any information that wasn’t already present. Now listening to RC and Matt Kozlowski from photoshop world, one of the most important things about any HDR is knowing those elements that are needed to bring together into one image. Seeing what you want is easy, putting it together isn’t.
The last one is Waimeya Canyon and as you can probably tell that it’s been a bit over processed. Why did i put these up there? Well it’s quite simple. One of my professors once told me that the end result doesn’t matter as much as the process in which you arrived there. Once you hand in the final draft, it’s done; but that process in how you got that draft can be used over and over again for other projects. So even though I’m not thrilled with any of these images, the process in how i got there, 7 bracketed images, photomerge 4, ACR, photoshop, is important to remember. Now i did learn tonight that using only a few images out of that bracketed set can lead to better results. Definetely more to play with. Something about this process I’m still not grasping and that’s okay because it means i need to get out more, practice more and best of all learn more.
Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film