What the heck is that?? I hear you ask...
According to Google HDR is, a method that aims to add more "dynamic range" to photographs, where dynamic range is the ratio of light to dark in a photograph. Instead of just taking one photo, HDR uses three photos, taken at different exposures highlighting the best parts of the three images blended.
The result should be more like what your eyes actually see versus what your camera sees.
Clear as mud, yes?
HDR is not a new concept to me, I have dabbled with it in the very very limited amount of Landscape photography I have attempted. I am definitely no maestro when it comes to landscapes- BUT I do make every effort to learn at least something new every time I am out.
It is also something that I would not normally associate with Pet Photography so I was a wee bit excited to have a crack at it. As usual , my model was ready to roll at a moments notice. And we headed down to our local "lets watch the sunrise" place.
I did not take a screed of images this time around, just the few I needed to create the one image I had in mind. On this day- it all fell into place. I love it when that happens because often its the opposite!
And here she is, there are days where I wonder how I got so lucky with this little lady. It took me longer to get the gear out of the car and set up than it did for this image to happen!
HDR can be quite intense and in your face. This image was definitely no exception to that, I had to dial it back a bit as it was just WAY to out there to start with. Perhaps that is just because I am not used to it.
And for those wondering what the difference is between non HDR Vs HDR..... here it is processed again "normally"
Its certainly not everyone's cup of tea, and I'm not sure how often I will use it, but it is worth keeping in mind for the occasion where something different is called for. It seems to work for this image.
And because I was very lucky to meet this little lady over the weekend I thought I would introduce you all to her. Pearl did a wonderful job of being model for the morning.
HDR works well on this background as there is so much detail here!
This images makes me think I may just use it a little more often from now on!
Next up is Cahlean at About A Dog Photography, St. Cloud and Central MN. Lets head on over and see her take on HDR.