Lumination Bookmark This page

There is of course a disadvantage of taking HDR photographs and that is ‘movement’. Trees especially are going to be tricky for any software to manage, especially if taken in windy conditions similar to those I encountered yesterday [See Photos From Across South Oxfordshire]. Displayed in small, web-scale, the ‘blurring’ isn’t too intrusive and can be used to good effect in creating a unique feel.

Is taking HDR shots worth-while? Photomatrix does a fine job in combining three images and giving several effect modes to apply to the final photo. A comparison of several of these effects, might be interesting, especially when compared to a single exposure shot. So that is what we have here.

To me combining three images into one does give a superb final result; one just has to be a little careful with the filter. A natural feel is difficult to acquire. The full-blown garish HDR effect is very compelling for some, but not what I am after… I’ve included one for comparison.


  1. [...] comparisons of differing filters on the field shot are detailed on my photo blog. Wine and recipe notes will have to wait awhile [...]

  2. Interesting… I can see that the second shot given only “normal” processing is a bit blue and a bit… dull – hence the need for some HDR spicing up. Now, to me, when somebody mentions HDR I think of the 1st shot and I loathe it. It makes my eyes and my brain hurt! The painterly third shot is also a bit weird – your eyes know that something is freaky but that can’t pick it up – or maybe that’s just me. The 4th is my preferred shot. Oddly enough, I mind the extreme contrasts less in the B&W!

  3. andrew says:

    The one you like best is the most ‘normal’ representation; I rather like the painterly effect. It reminds me of story books from when I was a kid.

Leave a Comment »


Galleries on 500px and Instagram


© 2011-2014 Andrew Barrow All Rights Reserved