A Favorite (Photocentric)

I couldn't believe I hadn't posted this shot before, as this has to be one of my favorites. This is also one of my first "planned" HDR shots. Most of my HDR shots before this were more experimental, but this was planned, from the location to the camera settings. The scene has a lot of highs and lows, and the original shot looked pretty bland. The sky wasn't as dynamic, the ocean a boring grey, and washed out whites in the clouds and waves.

To shoot HDR I use the auto exposure feature which takes 3 shots of different exposure values (from -2 to +2, and 1/3 steps in between). Typically I shoot +/-2 for a total of 3 shots, but for this one I took 5 shots, -2, -1, 0 +1, +2 which I think brought out more of the forested area in the background, and made the sky and ocean far more interesting.


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