HDR Strikes Back!

There I was facing a photographer’s nightmare. A great subject in late afternoon Sun causing deep shadows on one side and bright light on the other.  A range of “stops” I knew my camera was never designed to capture.  Then I remembered my previous work in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and looked the nightmare in the face and took this set of photos.

HDR set of three photos taken at -2, 0, +2 exposure stops.

HDR set of three photos taken at -2, 0, +2 exposure stops.

I faced the AT-AT right out of a Star Wars movie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Star Tours attraction in Walt Disney World and knew I had gotten what I needed to defeat the extreme light conditions.  My blaster being Photomatix by HDRSoft to merge the three photos together and produce the image I saw.

The AT-AT protecting the entrance to the Star Tours attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Image produced by Photomatix from the three photos above.

The AT-AT protecting the entrance to the Star Tours attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Image produced by Photomatix from the three photos above.

Now, where did I put my Lightsaber?

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22 Responses to HDR Strikes Back!

  1. Carsten says:

    The HDR technique gives awesome images. If the input to it is good as yours here.
    I have tried photoshops HDR, but I am not satisfied with the results.
    What happens if there is wind and the moss on tree moves? (I presume it is Spanish moss)

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  2. imac says:

    Thats one heck of a shot.

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  3. giiid says:

    Impressive result!!

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  4. DaveABirding says:

    Pew-Pew-Pew Pew-Pew “Red 6 to Gold Leader – cable away!”

    Very nice demonstration of the technology. The blast patterns and tree shadow on the walker reveal just how much detail can be pulled in this method.

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  5. HDR was the way to go for this image, it really adds interest. Without it it would look a little…. boring.

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  6. kanniduba says:

    Nice use of HDR!

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  7. davecandoit says:

    Wow, talk about saving an image. What a fantastic shot, Scott. I love the HDR you did on it. I just don’t seem to be able to get my HDR shots to spark.

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  8. montucky says:

    That’s impressive!

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  9. momoc says:

    Photomatix is the most used by Pro HDR Photographer. Good HDR photo you have…..not overdone..maybe a bit halo there…

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  10. milkayphoto says:

    Nicely done, Scott. I really need to play with HDR. I’ve never tried it and I’ve seen some really great results. Thanks for posting the Photomax site – I will give it a try!

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  11. emzoler says:

    Very nice, I like the shot (framing) and HDR isn’t overdone which is great too. I am learning HDR too see mine here: http://martinsoler.wordpress.com/category/hdr/

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