Ben's Photo Blog

Photos from my various adventures

Experimenting

Posted by Ben on October 11, 2009

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It seems like most of my recent posts have started with an apology for the preceding days of silence.  This one is no different…sorry for the delays yet again.  I can only hope the next few weeks won’t be nearly as hectic.

My adventures last weekend took me exploring along wolf creek in southwest Virginia.  I stopped off at a national forest marker that had a short trail leading away from it.  The trail ran through the woods for a few hundred feet then crossed the “creek” over a really cool looking wooden bridge, from which the above image was captured.

As you can probably tell, this is not your typical picture.  Instead this is what is called an “HDR” or High Dynamic Range image.  To generate one of these images, you need to use the exposure bracketing feature to capture an underexposed, overexposed, and properly exposed version of the same scene.  You then feed these images into special software, either Photoshop, or in my case the trial version of Photomatix Pro (hence the small watermarks in the picture).  The software takes the three images and merges them together into something like what you see above.

This was my first real attempt at this procedure, and I think it turned out fairly well.  The tree limbs were moving in the wind between the three shots, so that creates a little distortion around them if you look close enough.  I really like how the surface of the water and color of the trees in the distance turned out.  The software had a little trouble with the sky, and I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s not that noticeable.  I’ll probably end up experimenting with this technique a little more in the future now that I know how to set it up.

Below is one of the original photos that was used to make the HDR.  This was the normal exposure one:

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Sorry there aren’t any random pseudo-philosophical ramblings tonight, I have to be in a certain mood to crank those out.

Hopefully I’ll be returning to a more normal schedule here over the course of the next week or so.

-Ben

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One Response to “Experimenting”

  1. I didn’t understand half the terminology you used, but I will say the HDR river looks like one from which a fairy could burst forth and grant me wishes.

    Or eat my soul.

    Good work.

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