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skyfire | san carlos, ca

Does anyone have an extinguisher handy? :)

 

♫♫♫ Soundtrack: Satisfaction by Cat Power. Nice and mellow. Enjoy... ♫♫♫

 

My complete collection of HDR photos can be found here.

 

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I made this with five exposures, auto-bracketed at one-stop intervals (-2 through +2). Since David asked....in case you don't have auto-bracketing mode, or if you can't do more than +/-1 EVs, you can easily bracket manually. When you do HDR, you need to lock in your aperture anyway, that way it's constant for every shot in a given frame. So, use manual mode. Get your aperture locked in (I like f/16 for landscapes), then adjust your shutter speed so that it's correct for your selected aperture. Snap a shot (this will be your 0 EV shot), then increase/decrease your shutter speed one stop at a time until you get -2, -1, +1 and +2 EVs. Whatever pattern of exposure values you use, I recommend you stick with it consistently. I use 0, -2, -1, +1, +2 always. When I do grid view in Lightroom I adjust the thumbnail size so that I get rows of 5 columns across, that way I all my HDR source files for a given frame line up in a single row. Having the exposure values line up makes it easy to scan my set of shots for one-offs (single shots I took between HDR shots) because the one-offs will cause the pattern to break, which means it's easy to notice when you scroll quickly through your set. Sorry to be so longwinded.

 

=> For those interested in learning about HDR, Trey Ratcliff (Flickr handle: Stuck in Customs) is widely considered an HDR guru/expert/pioneer. His website has a few free basic instructional videos on how to create HDR images as well as info on how to learn more advanced techniques. Highly, highly recommend!

 

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Taken on March 12, 2012