Desert Moon ( First attempt at HDR )

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Miguel A. Gonzalez S… on September 22, 2007

what's HDR & how it work!?? Anyways amazing shot!!

© Michael Hatten htt… on September 22, 2007

Hello magstheonlyone,

Cameras try to balance out bright and dark areas in an image, but most of the time we are stuck with over/under exposed images with the sky washed out or the foreground too dark.

What HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) does is allow you to take Multiple shots ( Usually 3 ) One shot is exposed so that the sky has detail but the rest is dark ( usually the foreground ). One shot has normal exposure. The last shot is exposed so the dark areas have detail. The technical name for this is bracketing. I use Photomatix Pro to blend the 3 images together. What I'm left with is an image with all 3 exposures in one. I then use a tone mapping program ( comes with Photomatix ) to adjust the image more.

The Desert Moon image above was taken just after sunset. No direct light on the foreground. If I had just taken the shot the sky would have been white and the moon would not have been visible and the foreground would have been murkey. In PanOramio if you do a search for "HDR" you'll see much better examples of it's use. I personally love the surreal look that some of the images get.

Thanks for looking.

Michael..

lkoenig1 on December 2, 2007

Thanks for the HDR tutorial. Sounds like an excellent idea. You have some terrific pictures!

© Michael Hatten htt… on December 2, 2007

Hello Ikoenig1,

Thanks for looking at my images. I'm glad you like them. Yes HDR I've been having allot of fun with it over the past 3 months. I've been able to make some surreal images with it, but what I love the most about it is that it helps make overexposed/ underexposed conditions easier to work with..

Enjoy

Michael..

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