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I’ve been watching the rise of HDR, high dynamic range, images over the web for a year now. I dabble in pictures while out on my walks so decided to try out the technique. With what I think are the best results of my attempts so far.

Hatterall Ridge View.

Hatterall Ridge View.

Across the fields

Across the fields

I am using the free software Luminance HDR to produce the image then Photoshop 7 for any after editing. I have discovered limitations, in my photography and my equipment (I need a tripod – fast). I found I could change the firmware for my Canon Powershot to enable bracketing, one of the requisites for HDR images using CHDK, another free download. I do enjoy free stuff and the new goodies on my camera has given me plenty to explore.

Valley Wall

Valley Wall

The final results are slightly unworldly, a little disconcerting. But the depth of detail is something I think that is hard to beat. I’m going to be trying out more of these shots, seeing just how far I can push the software and camera. And of course the photographer. Let me know what you think of the images, I’m going to be doing a walk review of the Hatterall Ridge, where the last two pictures were taken so you will be able to compare them, I’ll make sure there are links between the images. I’d like to throw a thank you to Lumens Borealis and his In My Back Pocket photography blog. He’s put some great images up there and has also put lots of info about HDR as well. A great place to visit for a look at the images, a quiet thought and some good ideas.

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