High Dynamic Range Images

photo 008615_HDR.jpg H igh Dynamic Range or HDR photography is a new experiment in digital imaging. The same scene is captured with several different exposures from over to under exposed and the results combined into a single image. The HDR image can be interpreted in many ways using special HDR software. I typically use HDR imaging when the scene I am photographing has a range of values beyond the capability of a single exposure. Careful processing of the image allows the portrayal of detail in both the highlight and deep shadow areas of the scene. Some use the HDR process to create surreal effects, I prefer to create images that have a natural appearance and approximate the range of tonal values that the human eye is capable of perceiving. It is an experiment but the results can be exciting.