HDR (high dynamic range) is a technique used by extending the dynamic range capabilities of the camera by combining several shots with different exposure values into one. Like shooting one shot with normal exposure, one underexposed and the other overexposed. By combining these images into one and working them on post-processing tools that can do tone-mapping, they can achieve high dynamic range photos that will retain all the details as much as possible from highlights to shadows.
I personally don’t dig HDR shots. They are mostly unrealistic to start with. Some of them has the feel of kinda “armageddon”-ish atmostphere that is not really my cup of tea. However, there are some HDR shots that I can appreciate, the ones that are not overdone and overcooked. I like to see them as natural as possible.
Here are some shots, take note these are not HDR shots. And also these were taken under mid-day sun, a condition for stretching the dynamic range capabilities of the camera. What I just did is I extended judiciously the range more by pulling the shadows and highlights in post-processing – but no HDR technique applied. And this is where I get to appreciate the unprecedented 14 EV (exposure value) of the Nikon D800E. It’s around 2 full stops EV advantage over its predecessor D700, that alone can pull a lot of information and exhibit effects of an extended dynamic range. Sometimes I feel the D800E’s dynamic range is almost touching the realms of HDR. Interesting times. Cheers!
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/800, ISO 100, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8
Photographer’s note: F/4, 1/320, ISO 100, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 70-200mm 2.8 VRII
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