Tuesday, June 19, 2012

An HDR Interlude

Don't have any food posts ready to go up, so I thought I'd put up some HDR pictures (for more about my experiments with HDR see here) I took over the weekend on a hike up Beehive in Acadia National Park. Took my tripod and DSLR and took a bunch of bracketed exposures (generally 2 stops but a few 1 stop AEBs) of the scenery... some on with the tripod but many without. It was overcast for most of the hike, so I don't really have any examples of shots where HDR was required, but I still think it's neat how much detail you can bring out with the technique. These have been tone mapped in a way that's perhaps a little too surreal for my taste, but I'm still getting to know how the software works. The photos below are all off of the tripod, but just yesterday I decided to move up from freeware to Photomatix and have had some encouraging success aligning exposures taken without a tripod... so you may see more of those in the future. It's still an open question as to whether I will do HDR food photos with any regularity.

UPDATE: Replaced the previous pictures with a slideshow (the old ones are still in my Flickr stream). I think my tone mapping here is a lot better as they look less "Willy Wonka on an acid trip" but the details still pop. A work in progress, no doubt.

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