Alan Cole on Sunday, November 15th, 2009

I mentioned HDR photography a while back and the fact that I’d like to give it a go.

Well, I’ve just been looking at Trey Ratcliff’s HDR photos and they are amazing.

Where the Sky is Torn Asunder: Copyright Trey Ratcliff and licensed under Creative Commons

Where the Sky is Torn Asunder: Copyright Trey Ratcliff and licensed under Creative Commons

The thing with HDR photos is that often they can be overdone and look surreal. There’s nothing wrong with that, afterall photography is art so anything goes. In fact some of the over-processed HDR photos can look really nice. Some of my favourites though are those that look real but just have an extra edge on a non-HDR photo.

Take Trey’s photo above. There is nothing surreal about it. Composition is of course good and the colour contrasts perfect, but in many ways it could be a non-HDR photo. In a way it is probably how your eyes would see such a scene as they scan around it. However, a camera wouldn’t. In a non-HDR photo the details in the shadows in the foreground would lost in darkness and the sky and probably the details in the snow would be blown out.

However, take several shots at differing exposures and merge them altogether using HDR techniques and you end up with something as captivting as this.

If only I could produce something half as good!

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