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Wednesday
Aug182010

Nature 365 - Day 230

Sunrise at Bear Creek Wetlands HDR

The conditions for bird photography this morning were pretty crappy with heavy cloud cover but the conditions for HDR photography were excellent. I spent the next hour or so working the spectacular cloud formations with the rising sun.  Did hit my first small pocket of migrants later on,  it included Pine, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Wilson's and Nashville Warblers along with a juvi Rose-breasted Grosbeak. What will tomorrow bring?

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Monday
Jun212010

Nature 365 - Day 172

Trees of Sunnidale Park

I put my long lens down for the past couple of days and have been experimenting with HDR photography and my wide angle lens instead.  I've recently been inspired by the work of Trey Ratcliff over at Stuck In Customs.  You can check out his site for some amazing images and free tutorials on HDR.

For those out there that don't know,  HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.  Despite how far cameras have come they still cannot capture what our eyes see, not even close! That's where HDR comes in; you essentially take multiple images with various exposures then blend them together to get a high dynamic range. 

In the photo above, the sun is actually behind some leaves near the top of the image and for anybody that has pointed a camera at the sun and taken a picture you know the results don't usually look like this.  You can either have the sky exposed properly or the trees and leaves, but not both unless you go to HDR techniques.  Yesterday's Nature 365 image was also an HDR image and I imagine you'll see some more of them in the near future as I learn this new technique.

You should also check out Rick Sammon's blog this week.  He has declared June 26th, International HDR Day and will be giving loads of tips and showing great HDR images.