For the uninitiated, this is a style of photography where the artist takes several shots of exactly the same scene, just varying the shutter speed. So you get a series of shots, some over-exposed, some close to perfectly exposed, some under-exposed. You can use as few as two or three shots to create an hdr image - the maximum number depends on your computer's fortitude! Then you layer the images over each other to create the high dynamic range photograph.
The theory is that an hdr photo will include much more detail than a regular photo, particulary in tricky lighting conditions (eg: very bright sky/water and shadowed hillsides in the same photo).
The technique can be used with a heavier hand to create an other-worldly effect, or with subtlety to bring out a great deal of detail.
Yesterday evening I was at the shore of Lake Windermere at about 7.30pm, so I snagged the opportunity to try my first hdr series - 23 photo's. Here's the result of my first creation of a true hdr image through Photoshop CS5:
Through the magic of Photoshop, you can create the hdr "look" with one photo, like I did here (this photo is from the tiny village of Yahk, which is just north of the US border in SE British Columbia):
I'd really appreciate opinions, tips, etc, from all my visitors, both my fellow NYIPers as well as friends and family!