Poor Folk Photography

My last HDR attempt didn’t turn out looking like a HDR photo. What is this you may ask? Well, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is the process of producing a photograph where detail is shown in both the highlights and in the shadows, in your normal exposure. This is done by combining multiple exposures. By doing this, you can take exposures for your shadows, so you lose no detail in the shadows, and do the same for the highlights. In the end, after combining all your exposures, you end up with a single exposed photo with all the detail.

Below is where Poor Folk Photography is located. The example below is a HDR photograph with a total of seven exposures combined. This is my second attempt, as my first attempt only had a total of 3 exposures, and while I do enjoy the photo, it does not look too different from the original. This is also an example more of the extreme side. It brings out a lot of detail but the photo takes on a new look from using this process.

In the end, this photo did not turn out too bad, as it is one of my experimental photographs. I did miss taking at least two more shots which were more underexposed and ended up with more normal exposed and over exposed shots. Next one I do, I will have a better range of exposures to play with.

*BTW, the trees are dark because of the gradient. Was just playing around with this one, so didn’t go fix them since this is not a file for distribution or print. Yes, I know they look funny, and it’s something I could easily fix, but didn’t as this is just a test file.


As you can see, the sky which was blown out is now visible and some of the shadows lost were re-introduced. Below is how the original photo looks.


My first attempt is the photo below of the logs. I love doing abstract/patterns and the such in photography. The logs was my three exposure attempt and my first attempt at an HRD photo. While it did bring in some additional detail, it was nothing eye-popping. Also, I learned which settings were needed to be adjusted for the higher contrast visuals. The logs photo also has a slight filter overlaying it. Typically use this for portraits, but it works with logs just as well.