HDR AT DUSK
Although very popular, landscapes, architecture and builddings, interior spaces, and people aren't the only subjects that work with HDR. This chapter takes a quick look at some other creative possibilities within your reach. You learn how to take incredibly colorful photos past the Golden Hour into dusk and transform them into HDR, look at shooting different vehicles for HDR, and finish with a software effect called cross-processing.
In the end, you use your creativity to direct your efforts in HDR. Although not every scene or subject works as well as another, find the areas that suit your interests and talents and jump in. You don't always have to shoot sunsets, sweeping vistas, or impressive buildings — try cars, statues, ships, skylines at dusk, or even bugs, as in 10-1, which is presented fairly realistically. For this photo, a single raw exposure was converted into three 16-bit TIFFs and the result was tone mapped in Photomatix. Details and contrast of the grasshopper are enhanced by the HDR, although the settings were very conservative: Strength was just below its default and Micro-smoothing was increased.
Figure 10.1. ABOUT THIS PHOTO A grasshopper is caught resting. HDR from a single raw exposure converted to three 16-bitTlFFs. (ISO 100, f/8, 1/160 second, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 at 70 mm) © Robert Correll ...