Bamboo Zen – HDR

Bamboo Zen - HDR

This is my very first attempt at an HDR image.  I don’t usually like HDR, but while I was in Hawaii I took a few photos with the specific intention of trying my hand at HDR processing.  This particular image is an HDR combination of three exposures (highlights, midtones and shadows) that I then processed to dial back the HDR-ness and make it feel like a single-exposure photograph, instead of the (IMHO) usually over-baked hyper-realistic look found on most HDR photos.

Since I’m still completely new to HDR, I’m sure I can improve as I practice.  My ultimate goal is to discover or create a technique that will give me all the exposure and tonality range of HDR without the surreal, hyper-realistic look of modern HDR photography.

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Focal length: 15mm
  • ISO: 800

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