Playing with HDR
In the past, I’ve played with various free HDR programs (mostly on trial mode). Of course, many many attempts came out horrible. Not because HDR is horribly overused at the moment (miserably overused on flickr), but because for the most part, my photography doesn’t lend itself to HDR very much. I cannot grab the 2 or 3 different exposures of a person while walking, and my stills aren’t the type that can be HDR-ized very well.
That said, in the city I made kind of a desperate attempt at following the HDR herd and pulled out these two images. I promise I won’t make HDR posts a constant thing, but I do want to try it and show off the few times I make it work.
I think I took this image first? I was walking back to make the train home and it was the first street I came across that had no traffic and I could step a bit into the street. I think I briefly rested against the car on the left, snapped the three exposures but processed only the brightest and darkest (-2,+2).
So after I ran this through Photoshop CS5’s HDR processing, I put it through the HDR Toning, then my secret blend of Shadows + Highlights and the works.
This one was obviously harder to process because there were moving subjects. Basically the same process as above, but here I had to deal with the ghosting of moving cars and people. I think this looks more like an illustration than a photograph. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about that.