Posts tagged with 'hdr'


Three quick takes on HDR

Every couple of weeks (on payday essentially, so I remember to do it), I go searching through my photo collection for a new Facebook cover image. There’s a couple of reasons for this I suppose: one, I like having cover images that change periodically since it allows me to show off some photos that I’m proud of; and, two, it forces me to continue to learn how to take what you might call good photos. I do not pretend to be a great photographer, but I continually try and cultivate an “eye”...

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PCPlus 312: Dynamic exposures

A photography topic this time: HDR photos. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is a set of algorithms that attempt to widen the range of detail in a photo from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights to more closely mimic what the human eye can see. Here’s an example I created from our last trip to England: It’s a photo of Long Meg, the keystone of a large neolithic stone circle in the Pennines. Notice the artificiality of the lighting. The problem is that the screen you are using to view...

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HDR picture of Long Meg

While we were in England in September, we nipped over to see Long Meg and her daughters . For fun, I took three bracketed exposures of Long Meg so that I could process them as an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. The weather had been threatening showers all day, so it was an obvious choice to go for the heavy clouds just as the sun broke through. (Click to enlarge.) The program I use is PhotoMatix and this is processed using their “Enhancer – Painterly” preset. Not bad, considering I cheated: I didn...

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