HDR Church (53rd street) pre-dawn.
I became interested in HDR a few weeks ago when I used it for a client project. Yesterday, before dawn, I set out to 57th street (by cab) with tripod, and camera set to AEB (auto bracketing) in steps of 1 stop, and wandered around midtown until it started to snow and I was getting snow on the lens. I did quite a few that morning, and am just starting to go through them now. It is a very intriguing technique, and one of the few times where the colors are pleasing to me and the shots look better in color than b&w. At least at this early stage.
There is another program that Brent recommended for HDR (http://www.hdrsoft.com/) that I’m going to download to try. The one thing that doesn’t work well with Photoshop HDR are things like shooting directly into headlights, even if they’re still I get a strange chroma mismatch when Photoshop merges the three images. But I returned with a lot to play with. This is with the 40d and the 30mm sigma, 800 ASA, f5.6, middle shot at 4 seconds.
There was no reason to shoot at asa 800 other than that I was half asleep, and didn’t check the asa settings. Being able to use auto bracketing, which I never used before, was a nice touch and one the reasons I’m drawn to the slr camera type – there’s always some feature that I never touched that comes in handy down the line. One other note: there is not a touch of noise in the hdr merged shot and I have added a lot of contrast. In other words, the original shot picked up every bit of the darker areas to the point where I had to bring them down, and all but the specular highlights are caught as well. The histogram looks like you were shooting a gray card. This was shot at 6:29 a.m. – which is to say just before dawn.
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