Dual Dynamic Range at Silver Lake Recreation Area [SLRA 1/3]
This shows an experiment with the "poor man's HDR," or at least, the "lazy man's HDR." For fun, I took two photos, one nicely exposed of the sky, and the other nicely exposed of the trail. Then I adjusted both so the trees were exposed the same. Then I copied one photo on top of the other, removed the joint, and adjusted the result to try to match what my eye saw. I was not unhappy with the results. I got lucky here, and real HDR software would do a better job, and likely be be easier.
Because of the limits of the camera, one could have a well-lit sky but the trees and trail would be too dark, or the trees and trail would OK, and the sky would be way over exposed. Better cameras have better dynamic ranges, but none are as good as our eyes (yet).
This was taken at the Silver Lake Recreation Area in Garfield Township in Grand Traverse County. It's a nice little park with pavilion, kids playground, a paved loop that surrounds the open portion of the park, two unpaved trails that meander through a pretty piney woods and go around Hidden Lake and near the shores of the north branch of Silver Lake, and a third trail that goes around an open meadow.