Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

To HDR Or Not To HDR


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On a recent trip to Banff National Park, I photographed the Sawtooth Range from beside the Trans-Canada Highway.

I shot the 3 frame sequence in preparation for creating a High Dynamic Range image. I had thought the bright sunshine and shadows could use the range compressing ability of HDR. I found that the finished image to be a little flat.

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Even exposure

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-1 underexposure

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+1 overexposure

I actually liked the –1 frame the best, so of course, I edited that one by itself.

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A few tweaks with the contrast, brilliance and warmth, a little sharpening and voilà, a finished image that I’m happier with. I think it represents the actual scene much better than the HDR version. Sometimes, simpler is better.

Do you make plans that don’t turn out the way you thought they would?

In the best light…

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3 responses

  1. I agree, the tweaked one is better than the HDR.

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    September 7, 2011 at 05:20

  2. Stunning capture! I haven’t had much luck with the HDR software I own, but wonder if that’s because I really don’t know how to use it 🙂

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    September 7, 2011 at 05:53

  3. My plans never turn out the way I think they well 😉

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    September 15, 2011 at 06:34

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