High Dynamic Range (HDR) – Challenge #3
A bit over dramatic don’t you think? I never really planned on doing any HDR before I started this site but in the end it turned out to be pretty fun and rewarding. If you are not aware of HDR photography, HDR involves taking 3 photographs at separate exposures (this will bring out different details in various areas of the photo) and combining them with a computer program.
To take on this challenge, I decided to head out to the Don Valley Brickworks in Toronto, Ontario, a very ideal spot for urban/architectural photography, and gave it a try. Click past the break to learn more about HDR and to see more pics from my shoot.
Here is an example of 3 exposures taken for the HDR picture above. When the sky is exposed properly, it looks nice and blue, but the brick building is dark and shadowy. Likewise, when the sky is washed out white (the right picture) the details in the shadows on the brick building come out. By putting these pictures together, HDR photographs allow you to bring out details and contrasts from a picture that would not be possible with one shot on your camera.
Once I had taken a good walk around the Brickworks area and got the photos I needed, I headed on home, popped these pictures into my HDR software (Photomatix Pro) and the title picture and the pictures below are what came out.