My First Attempt At HDR

One fine evening (some 9 months ago) I wake up in the evening (Yes, I do that) and what I see from my balcony is a beautiful scene created by mother nature.  Immediately thought came in mind to capture it forever.  But the moment I click, I don’t see the same beauty on the LCD panel of my not-so-expensive camera. If I try to capture the details in the sky, I miss out the details on earth and vice versa.

Then comes the thought to try something different, which I haven’t tried myself before.  Set the camera to exposure bracketing mode to take three different shots at different exposures (-2, 0, +2 in my case) and click click click.  I get three different images with different exposures.

I transfer the images to my Mac and use Photomatix to bind them one over another.  Photomatix does a great job (after some tweaking here and there) and it gives me this wonderful image which exactly looked like the scene outside. Bingo. I like the natural looking image I got.  I have seen some overly processed HDRs which look like some abstract art.  Here my motive was to get the image which looks as real as possible and to my surprise, I did succeed to most extent.

View from my balcony
Trying my hands at HDR

The original images used to create this HDR can be viewed here.

Here is one more attempt at HDR.  The image below was created by binding two separate images, which were not shot keeping HDR in mind (didn’t use exposure bracketing for these).

One more attempt at HDR

If you want to read further on HDR, there is a good Wikipedia article you can read here.

Author: Ronak Gandhi

I'm a software developer, who is also passionate about driving, traveling, automobiles, photography, computers and games. TT (Ping Pong as some people say) is the latest entry to my list of hobbies. I'm slowly getting better, but not there yet.

5 thoughts on “My First Attempt At HDR”

    1. Thanks martinsoler for visiting my post. You have a great set of HDRs there. I have a long way to go yet. Do you mind sharing more info about what techniques do you use? I mean, what tool do you use? How do you shoot the photos in first place?

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