NOTE: Original pre-HDR takes included further down in comments section…
Daughter Mel and hubby Art.
On Flagler Beach
Under the pier
What could be more inspiring to try my frist attempt at HDR?
As the pier created severe shadows, there’s no way I could have kept the blue sky with a single exposure. So I took three, with auto bracketing (+2, even, -2). You need something to keep the camera still as the 3 shots are ultimately processed together with a program called Photmatix (there are others, but this is the one I used), so I just jammed the camera against a nearby pile and held my breath. Told the two lovebirds to hold theirs too!
The software lets you choose lots of processing options once the three pictures are loaded. It even helps align the shots if there was slight movement. The process by which the tonal values are selected from the 3 (or more) shots is called tone mapping, and the results can be really unusual. In this case, without going for extreme effect, I like the way parts of the image seem to stand out from the rest, and I also like what it does to the tones and topography of the skin… not to mention retention of highlight and shadow detail which would have been lost in a single exposure undern these conditions.
OK, so it’s all been done before. But not by ME, so I’m excited, yeah? Got a couple more I’ll share later… like inside the biggest Harley dealership in the world… HD in HDR…?
Thanks for lookin’… and feelin’ the love!!