365 Days, 365 Photos: 01/09/2008


Today we have another HDR merged image. I’m quite taken with the concept – the finished product ends up looking like a painting, with my eyes denying that you can take a photo and have that much detail in both the shadows and the highlights. The technique is perfect for situations like sunrises/sunsets or lit buildings at night – or really, any situation where on film you would use the “overexposure, underdevelop” method of metering the exposure in the shadows (thereby overexposing the highlights) and then developing for less time then normal to compensate. And speaking of that particular technique, I just developed a roll of 35mm black and white film from my visit to DC using that exact method.

For comparison’s sake – to really see what HDR can do for your photos – I posted the three images I used to make this composite on Flickr.

used to make HDR merge (1 of 3)

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used to make HDR merge (2 of 3)

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used to make HDR merge (3 of 3)

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Quite a difference, huh?

I probably could have used more underexposed photos, and a tripod, but I was running late to work, etc. etc.