Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here is another example of an HDR image. I want to point out the differences between an HDR image and a shot taken with camera exposure.

In this image, there are mid range colors (the dark green ferns in the middle of the picture), shadows (the brown fern at the top of the waterfall to the right and the rock behind the left hand waterfall) and highlights (the yellow leaves to the right). Normally, the mid range colors would be fine, the shadows would be dark almost black and the highlights would be a pale almost white color.

The use of three images merged to one gives incredible detail as well. The moss and coloring on the rocks behind the waterfall would never show up as well with normal exposure. The water would be an almost white sheet flowing down but with this process, you can actually see the water cascading down the rocks.

This is a bit of departure from my normal narratives of photos that I have taken but I thought I would give some examples of this unique process.


Simply Heather said...

Dan, I just can't get over the beauty in this technique...just as though you're seeing it in 3D and it also creates depth.

Just gorgeous!!!

Dan Felstead said...

It seems as though your interest is peaked on this process. I will send you an email offline with some reading material.


Heather said...

This shot is gorgeous! I can almost hear the water rushing over the falls. So beautiful.
I wish I could escape from my little cubicle world and go sit there, surrounded by natural beauty - even for just a few hours. I imagine it would be quite relaxing.

Dan Felstead said... is too bad that digital images do not include sound! I am sure they will someday! There is probably some way to merge an MP3 with a photo even now!


shabby girl said...

I feel like I could just walk right in there. It does give it a multi dimensional quality. Beautiful!

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Shabbygirl...
It's not's the technique!


Patty said...

I thought I would check in for a moment. Being a creative person, with no time to be creative, I love what you have done with the photos.

We all have our styles that are unique. I wish I had more time to work with my photos. Other than cropping and an occasional filter for fun, my photos are pretty much the were when they came out of the camera. Guess the newspaper rules follow me in everything I do.

I look forward to returning to your site.

One day I am going to retire again and play with creativity!

Dan Felstead said...


Thanks for visiting...I know exactly your predicament! In your line of work you don't have much leeway for creativity. I posted my thoughts on these two schools of thought a while case you want to read it:


Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

quite phascinating! I loved the pic of the soldier and the lady - it's so ronatic and full of atmosphere and of course the windmill!

we've just got back and had a lot of visitors... but here are some of the first pics of from my camera:

no filters, no nothing, it really looked that way early in the morning.

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you for the comment and your information on your recent trip "up north"...I visited your site and you have some great images.

Crazy Mo said...

Great technique. It really adds depth to the picture. Once I have more experience under my belt, I'll have to experiment with that technique.

Congrats on the win at PPP for "Wish". Great piece!

Dan Felstead said...

Crazy Mo...Thanks for the heads up on PPP, I did not know..I'll jump over there. Whenever you want more info on HDR, just let me know and I can direct you to some reading info. There are more HDR photos to come.


Dani said...

Wow! This is beautiful, Dan! I love this technique! It creates stunning photos! By the way! Congrats on your PPP Win!!! Great writing, right there!

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Dani on both counts. Every blind hog finds an acorn now and then (or however that saying goes!)


...... Bobbi said...

... in the words of Guns 'N Roses .....

..... Welcome to the jungle
It gets worse here everyday
Ya learn ta live like an animal
In the jungle where we play
If you got a hunger for what you see
You'll take it eventually
You can have anything you want
But you better not take it from me
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to you knees

Dan Felstead said...

I have had a few doses of guns and roses in the past!