I decided to take my camera and tripod out for my walk with Trooper tonight so that I could try out HDR photography (which stands for High Dynamic Range). According to the very minimal amount of research I’ve done, I think that what I am doing may not actually be HDR – something to do with tone mapping vs. exposure blending… well, never mind. I don’t really care what it’s called. Moving onwards!
I set the camera to aperture priority, put it on a tripod, and took three photos at different exposure settings (-2,0,+2). Here are the original images:
The final result was blended using layer masks in GIMP. It looks a bit wonky because I did it really quickly, particularly around the edges between the sky and the foreground. After all that, I pulled it into Adobe Lightroom 4 and made a few tweaks to produce this image:
Some details, if anyone cares:
– Nikon D5100
– 18-55mm (good old kit lens)
– Adobe Lightroom 4
– Wacom Intuos 4 tablet
– MacBook Pro
– cheap-ass plastic tripod (seriously, it was like $9)
Side note: a giant rat ran out onto the wood chip-path right in front of me while I was setting up. GROSS!