John M. Garrison - High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR)

Santa Fe Sunrise HDR

Here is one of the first photos I made through the technique of High Dynaimc Range Photography.

High Dynamic Range Composite of 8 Exposures

I didn't have a tripod with me on this trip, so I took off my jacket and piled it up on the ground in imitation of a photographer's beanbag. I used the camera self-timer feature to minimize camera shake from pressing the shutter release button. If you look at the grass in the foreground, you can see some ghosting of some of the blades. I am not sure if that was due to subtle movement of the camera between shorts, or if it was due to movement of the grasses themselves. Fortunately there was not much wind. As you can tell from the snow, this was a cold morning, and I was chilly enough without my jacket.

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Mission Trails Stream HDR

Here is another HDR image construction.

High Dynamic Range Composite of 5 Exposures

This was on a hike at Mission Trails Regional Park. I was carrying my tripod with me, so as soon as I saw this stream with its mix of direct sunlight and shaded areas, I knew I had to set up for the shot. I took 5 exposures and composited them in Photomatix. As I have learned more about HDR, I've learned that 5 photos is really the minimum for a good result; 7 images seem to work better.

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More High Dynamic Range images

I took some more High Dynamic Range images in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego, California.

Riddle of the week

Why is six afraid of seven?

Because seven eight nine.