View 450: Green Lakes State Park in HDR

Last week I shared photos from Green Lakes State Park from a beautiful Autumn day. As I walked around the Green Lake Trail a few minutes after sunrise, I found some locations had a lot of shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While digital cameras can capture a wide range of light these locations went beyond what my Nikon D750 could handle.

Eastern Shore of Green Lake
Eastern shore on Green Lake in Autumn at Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Tripod, HDR Image.

That is when I take a set of photos to cover the range which is called bracketing. The Nikon D750 has a bracketing button which sets the number of exposures and the range using Exposure Value (EV) settings. I often use -2EV to +2EV in 1 stop intervals.

Deadman's Reef on Green Lake
Deadman’s Point “reef” pokes up out of the water on Green Lake in Autumn at Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod, HDR Image.

Those five photos allow me to capture details in the dark shadows and the bright highlights. Something our eyes do easily but takes a bit of digital wizardly on a computer.

White Cedar on the Shore of Green Lake
Gnarled White Cedar wood along the shore of Green Lake in Autumn at Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod, HDR Image.

In my case, I use an Adobe Lightroom plug-in from Skylum called Aurora HDR app. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Aurora HDR brings in all five photos and merges them together. It has many pre-sets to choose from which I browse through until I get something close to what I envisioned the final image would look like. From there I finish off the image in Lightroom.

Bench on Green Lake
A bench overlooking Green Lake Fall colors at Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse, New York on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Nikon 16-35VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 19mm Focal Length, Tripod, HDR Image.

In the case of the image with the bench, it was really dark. To insure I got the whole range, I increased the EV range to -3EV to +3EV with 7 photos. I was really glad I did as the bench area came out very detailed while keeping the bright colorful trees in the background perfectly exposed.

Hope you enjoyed these photographs and, if you are a digital photographer, I hope I gave you some inspiration to try HDR processing.

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