Enjoying a Parisian Sunset

It is often difficult to know how well the final product will turn out when shooting HDR. Similar to how non-digital film photographers don't have the luxury of being able to look at the camera's LCD and make sure they captured the shot as they wanted, when shooting HDR, some imagination is requrired to blend the images together in your head. I think this is where there is a lot of room for improvement in the way that we shoot HDR. If the camera were able to produce a pseudo HDR image immediately after bracketing away, it would be a great advantage for photographers, although I would never suggest it would fill as big a void as the introduction of the LCD in the first place. Beacause of HDR's increased popularity, you've got to think that someone is already working on this.


In the meantime, understanding the presence of a wide range of light in a scene, and being able to imagine an HDR image in your head is an important skill for us HDR photographers. Today's image is an example of a time where I just knew that the scene was well suited for HDR and that the subject of a Parisian enjoying a beautiful sunset would make for a great scene. The challenge with this shot was waiting for the right moment when this man stopped moving and keeping the camera nice and steady while handheld. I wonder if someday this man will ever see this photograph. Probably not...


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Taken on April 18, 2011