A first attempt at HDR

Coaley Tree

Since returning from my travels at the end of 2006 I have been looking at a lot of HDR photographs and taken an interest in the process myself. As with almost any photographic process HDR needs to be used in moderation as it can be easily over-done with the resulting images looking amateurish and cheesy. I learnt about HDR from Pete Carr’s blog where he has a great tutorial on the subject. Once I had the basics down it was just a case of fiddling with the settings and getting a feel for the effect that each would produce.

The photograph of the tree that you see here is my first attempt HDR and I am very pleased with the result. It is in a field behind my parents house in Gloucestershire. I have taken a number of photographs of it over the years but felt that none did it justice. With this photograph I feel that I have finally made an image that does the tree justice. By using HDR I have been able to create a more ominous feel to the photograph which lends the tree more personality – the personality that I feel it has when I look at it with the naked eye. It sits out in the middle of a field all on its own and does look moody, especially in the winter months when it is rid of its leaves.

I think I will continue to dabble with HDR as I do enjoy the results, especially the detail that it can recover from the sky, it is a useful tool to add to my photographic armoury, I sure you’ll be seeing more HDR shots from me on here. In fact I have another HDR photograph that I’ll be posting here tomorrow.


5 Responses to “A first attempt at HDR”

  1. Nathan
    6. May 2007 um 22:39

    Great HDR! How many exposures did you use in this one? I tired doing HDR a few times, but I wasn’t very happy with the results. I guess I need to invest more time with tweaking and exprimenting before I get something I like.

  2. Michael Rawluk
    6. May 2007 um 22:46

    Great tones in the shot.

  3. John
    7. May 2007 um 08:28

    This photograph was generated from 3 RAW files, at -2EV, 0EV and +2EV. Now that I think of it I did actually take 5 exposures with the extra 2 at + and – 1EV but I didn’t use them in the final image as it didn’t seem necessary.

    Tweaking and experimenting is the way to go – I spent quite a lot of time on this photo, constantly tweaking and re-HDRing it with different settings.

  4. tetsu
    7. May 2007 um 11:25

    I like the tone. 🙂

  5. Pavel
    9. May 2007 um 23:57

    Wow! My first attempt was much worse:D