HDR at Horseshoe Bend
May 14, 2014 • 1 Comment
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River near Page, AZ (HDR, 7 images)
I visited Horseshoe Bend twice, once at 9am in a wind storm, and a few days later at sunset.
I'm only showing you my sunset photo, because the other one was, well... not good. The lighting in the morning casts a shadow from the rock face where I'm standing that cuts across the whole scene.
Sunset? C'est magnifique!
Lighting is still everything.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
This photo also represents my first successful foray into High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, a technique of combining multiple images to more closely approximate what the human eye can see.
Simply put, the we can see much more tonal information (differences between lights and darks) in a given scene than a camera sensor. Using HDR, I capture multiple ranging from severely under-exposed to severely over-exposed in order record all of that information. Later, using software, I can take the appropriate exposures across the entire frame in order to combine all of those images into a single photo. This works particularly well in scenes with very dark (valley floor) and very bright (sunlight illuminating clouds) elements.
Combining seven images yields a more artistic representation of the scene.
Thanks for looking,
Keywords: Arizona, Colorado River, HDR, High Dynamic Range, Horseshoe Bend, Landscape, Page, AZ, Sunset
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