After last week’s post on HDR, and especially my inability to fully grasp it, I decided to give it another try. Just before the observatory lecture began, I grabbed a 3-exposure bracketed shot from the parking lot, looking across to a small farm on the next hill.

The plan had been to run it through Photomatix, but it seems that when I switched computers, I lost the install file. Due to several years worth of updates, the Photomatix folks will only sell me the most recent version at a discount – since I don’t use it enough for that, I tried Photoshop’s built-in HDR feature. It took a few tries to figure out the settings, but I finally got a feel for it.

Still don’t think I have the hang of it, as I’m not sure the HDR version is really any better than a single exposure. I suppose it’s just something I’ll have to keep working on, as the opportunities present themelves.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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