Our family went down south during the holidays. I was really looking forward to getting away from the city, but also looked forward the possibility of some photo expeditions. Unfortunately, with family duties, that didn’t quite happen. I didn’t even have room to pack the tripod and haven’t bought my ND Grad kit yet, so I was quite limited anyway.
One afternoon, I did take a walk and took some hand held bracketed shots, in the hope I could do some HDR post processing. Here is the result!
The 3 bracketed before shots:
The HDR and tone mapped final image:
I think I went a bit over the top with the tone mapping, but it’s interesting to see what’s possible. The sky retains its blue (even though I don’t really like the white outline of the trees), the orange sunlight on the top of the tall tree on the left isn’t blown out and I was able to pull more contrast on the pathway.
One mistake I did make was to take the shots in P (Program) mode. This meant that the camera didn’t keep a common aperture between shots – it varied from 13 to 10 to 9. I’m guessing that this might result in the depth of field varying between shots. I should have shot in A (Aperture Priority) mode, which will make the bracketed shots vary by shutter speed instead.
Now to find more subject matter back in Perth!