My first HDR attempts!!!

Ok, so I’ve been seeing HDR everywhere (& if I may add – – – LOVING the results!!!)… Not knowing what HDR is, I started doing a bit of research about it… I think I’ve got the basic idea, so while I was walking with my dogs (obviously camera in hand!!!), I decided to see if I can shoot anything that I can experiment with!!!

Ok, so these ARE NOT GOOD… but I am quite excited about HDR because:

1. If I were to use a tripod (instead of doing 3 handheld shots… I know I know, but I wasn’t planning this) these would already be better…

2. I L.O.V.E the clouds!!! πŸ˜€

3. This is a new skill that I can learn, practice & develop!!! πŸ˜€

Without further ado, I present my three (handshot) HDR’s:

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3 (My favourite!!!)

As far as the watermark goes… Thank you so much for all the feedback!!! I’m going to design one that is true to what/who I am – – – so hopefully I’ll replace my boring initials with a proper watermark sooner rather than later!!! πŸ˜€ **

12 thoughts on “My first HDR attempts!!!

  1. hannahrileytoo

    I don’t know what HDR is… but may I just say… WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! The pictures are precisely the sort of thing I love! And the colours in the lower two are positively excellent.
    As to the watermark, I’m just gonna tell ya, there is NOTHING boring about the initials “X.V.”!!! Two of my favourite letters in the alphabet. Obscure, and romantically mysterious. I like them. And J…

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thanks Hannah!!! I’m glad you like it – – – definitely going to experiment with this technique!!! Hopefully I can get more opportunities for this!!! πŸ™‚

      Favourite letters?? hmmmmmm…. maybe I should pick some!!! πŸ˜€ although, as you pointed out -XV- quite an unusual combination!! πŸ˜€ **

  2. arzki

    HDR is great. I have also experimented in the past with it.
    Some questions:
    1)What software did you use to generate the outcome?
    2) How many steps did you use? 3,5,7….
    3) You’ve played with the exposure inside the software right? Because without a tripod you couldn’t have managed minimum 3 identical shots with 3 different exposure settings…

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Hi there!!! I used photoshop cs5 to generate these shots with 3 steps -2,0,+2!!! The only photo that I changed the exposure in the photoshop was subject 2 (because I found it a bit dark & the bench was dissappearing…)!!! I used the setting that takes 3 photographs directly after one another at the chosen bracket setting!!! The alignment of the three separate exposures was a little out, but I am glad to say that photoshop aligns (&thus also crops) them automatically!!! Then there is a further option of “removing ghosts” that I chose to do & it gave me a much clearer picture!!! But when I stumble upon a suitable HDR subject in future I do hope that I’ll have a tripod with me – – – as I know the result would look MUCH better!!! πŸ™‚ **

  3. melissa

    These are great! I don’t know why you think they aren’t, even handheld you have a really good sense of what you want to capture in your shot and you frame your pictures really well. I LOVE the first one with the slide. There’s… something great about it. Good job girl! πŸ™‚

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thanks Melissa!!! The end products seems a tad blurry to me (but maybe it’s just because I know what each photo looked like that created the final HDR product!!!)… I’m glad you enjoyed it!!! Thanks for stopping by again!!! πŸ˜€ **

  4. Mike10613

    Hi Xandre,
    I just noticed you initial are Roman Numerals for 15! I think these pictures would be better in landscape than portrait. I have a distinctive style when I am writing and that’s what I’m looking for in photography. I listen to suggestions but tend to go my own way! HDR isn’t for me but having seen these, I might try it at some time. I think I can do it with Photoshop elements. It pays to experiment both with writing, photography and art.

    I’ll be back… πŸ™‚

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thanks Mike!!! & I would never even have thought to connect roman numerals to my initials!!! So cool… πŸ™‚ I find suggestions guide me towards something… I because I don’t have a style yet (still discovering + lots of learning and enjoying πŸ˜€ ), I do find that I love to hear what people think… Every person seeks something unique that relates to them & so am I!!! I agree with you that although you(we) are open to suggestions, you will always tend to go for something that you like or find comfort in!!! but that’s the beauty of it…. you can!!! πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for commenting!! πŸ™‚ **

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Its quite an interesting technique!!! Unfortunately I have not had a chance to experiment a bit more, but will make an opportunity again!!! Thanks for the compliment!! &keep on shooting!!! πŸ™‚ **


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