If you’re remotely interested in photography and you use the internet, you’ve probably come across the term ‘HDR’. It means ‘high dynamic range’ and can be summarised as a method of preserving detail in the highlight and shadow of an image that would be lost on the limited intelligence and capability of a camera, but which the human brain synthesises all the time in everyday life.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably avoided looking into it because of irrational fears that it must be far too difficult to do well, there are so many terrible HDR images flying around, it’s becoming clichéd already, and other such excuses for doing nothing other than occasionally cooing at some of the wow-factor work out there, like this:
Well, I’ve got over that stage now (finally) and done some dabbling. I went out yesterday evening with the purpose of shooting for HDR post-processing, and this is what I came up with. All of these images can be seen in high-resolution – just click through and hit ‘All Sizes’: