It’s by no means perfect, but I’m pretty excited about finally getting to create my first HDR image late last night.
I’ve been reading up on the topic for about a month now, and have since gotten the knack of auto-exposure bracketing my photos when shooting on a tripod. That turns out to be the easy part, however, as the miriad of software and processing options for creating HDR images is a little overwhelming, if not daunting.
There were a few good sessions on HDR during the Maui Photo Festival, including ones held by the very talented Maui resident Randy Jay Braun. For my course selection this year, however, I wasn’t quite ready to dive headlong into HDR, but I did sit in on a part of one of his sessions. Looking at his final output images, there seems to be no limit to the possibilities.
In any case, below are the seven images I used for the image above. My exposure range was EV –3 to EV +3 in steps of 1 EV.
More to Come
I’m pretty excited because this is really only the beginning. I’ve already taken a ton of bracketed exposures from our trip to Maui last week, so as I get the hang of this process for creating and tweaking HDR images, I’m off to the races.
All I need now is time.