Ok… Let’s discuss this “Before and After HDR photograph.” A simple parking kiosk at the Seattle Center. I like the colors, imagined it processed into an HDR grunge effect, and found the framing in my mind to represent a simple look at the Seattle urban landscape.
The “Before” image. Looks pretty bland and flat. In a word: BORING!!
I captured three frames.
Frame 1: 100 ISO | 28mm | f11 | 1/125second
Frame 2: 100 ISO | 28mm | f11 | 1/500second
Frame 3: 100 ISO | 28mm | f11 | 1/30second
So there in lies the problem with going hand held with your HDR photos. If you are seeking a tack sharp image you need to be above 1/80 second to be sharp. The “Frame 3” image is our troubled spot.
I always capture 3 bracketed images and wind up only using the first image.
The final HDR product is a one-shot HDR. And if I were to show you the 3 images merged into an HDR or this single shot duplicated with an adjusted exposure you probably could not tell the difference. So why worry?
It is just a matter of personal quality and vision for excellence in my photographic journey.
I hope you enjoy my “Before and After” images.