High Dynamic Range – Love it or Hate it?

For quite a while I was a bit “afraid” of HDR photography. Maybe because I was just at my beginnings in photography and I couldn’t quite understand it and also because I could see a lot of photographers just overdoing it and the resulting images looked rather artificial.

Browsing the net one day, looking for all sorts of photo tips and tutorials, I stumbled upon some beautiful HDR images created by an amazing photographer called Philipp Klinger. My interest being awakened ,I slowly discovered that this is a very old concept in photography dating back to 1850 when Gustave Le Gray ,also called “the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century”, pioneered the idea of using several images shot at different exposures to fix a too-extreme range of luminance.
High dynamic range imaging original developing is attributed thou to Charles Wyckoff who’s detailed pictures of nuclear explosions were published on the cover of Life magazine in the mid 1950s.

In time the desirability of HDR has been recognized but it wasn’t until the introduction of digital photography , the rising popularity of digital cameras as well as the increase in computing power, development of photo editing software and other technological advances that high dynamic range imaging really took off.

The photos in this post are two of my high dynamic range images that I worked on when I found my interest for this technique and I was trying to learn and understand it. Even thou I did got carried away and “over-HDRed” them I still love them as working on these two images made me comprehend and appreciate the entire set of techniques that goes into HDR creation .

21 responses

  1. These are fantastic. I would never have thought of HDR in that light, so thanks for expanding my awareness. Nice work

    April 3, 2012 at 20:22

    • Thank you very much also…!!! I’m glad you enjoy the images and that I could help !!!

      April 3, 2012 at 23:34

  2. Baaaaai, deci sunt superbe, ambele!!! Inainte sa citesc ce-ai scris, nu mi-am dat seama ca-s HDR ( oricum stiam f putine si inainte si acum stiu un pic mai mult citindu-ti randurile). Sincer, a doua poza nu pare HDR, e asa parca reala si de poveste in acelasi timp. Superbe privelisti si le-ai surprins foarte fain. 🙂

    March 12, 2012 at 00:59

  3. regarding HDR I tend to fall into the “hate it” category. I tend to like heavy shadows and darker images (maybe it’s my film noir background) But your images are an example of what can be done when it’s done right. Keep up the good work.

    March 11, 2012 at 23:08

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