Photography

A Dynamically High Range

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Ok, this is a bit out of the ordinary. This, my friends, is a photo post! Sort of. For those of you that don’t know me, I really like cameras and photography. When I was younger, my dad taught me how to use an SLR camera system. I learned on a Canon AE1–an older 35mm SLR. He used a Minolta X-700 and shot slides almost exclusively. For those of you who are technically challenged or unfamiliar with photography, basically, these cameras have a lot of knobs and dials on them, and very little is automatic.

Around the age of 11, I got my own X-700. I had a lot of film cameras. My favorites were the X-700 and a Minolta SRT-201, which was a beast of a camera from the late ’60s to ’70s. Nothing was automatic on that camera. The only thing it needed batteries for was a light meter–and that wasn’t even needed for taking pictures!

But anyway, on to the point of this post… I follow an awesome blog called Photobotos, and if you like photography, you really should check them out. They recently featured an image from Trey Ratcliff, a photographer who specializes in HDR images. Now, I had seen HDR images, and I even knew how they work, but I didn’t know how simple they were to produce with a regular camera. HDR  usually uses three images: an overexposed image, an underexposed image, and a normal image. The goal is to acquire the best lighting and coloration from each image and combine them into one High Dynamic Range image.

This week is my Spring Break, and I had nothing pressing to do today, so I started playing with a cheap digital point and shoot, the program Trey suggested (Photomatix), and my University’s campus. I hope to eventually get a better digital camera, but I’ll have to wait until my college expenses don’t outweigh my total worth. 😉

So, here they are. My experiments with HDR.

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They’re not great, but I’ll just use my lack of tripod and the overcast day as excuses. I’m sure the images will improve as my experience increases. Have you ever shot any HDR or other creative photos?

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