Week 43 … #37 HDR …Photographers at Work

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Photographers at Work, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine

The 3-day photography workshop that I participated in with Downeast Maine Magazine illustrated to me how I could better capture sunrises and sunsets by using a method called HDR, high dynamic range.  It is taking a series of images at different exposure levels (bracketing and best with a tripod) combining them to create a single image comprised of the most focused, well-lit, and colorful parts of the scene.  In the past, I would have had to do a lot of post-processing work to bring out the shadows when shooting into a sunrise or sunset.  So I was excited to learn how to better capture those scenes.  In the above image, two of my fellow classmates where capturing the same sunrise.  One with a tripod in the lower right corner and the other hand-held in the upper left corner.  I shot 3 images bracketed at +2 stops but in post processing I realized that I should have captured at least 5+ images since I had to do a bit of processing to bring up the shadows in the rocks.  That probably would not have been necessary had I given myself more images to work with.

Nikon d810, Tamron 24-70 lens, 26mm, ISO 200, f/11,