Last weekend, Brian (my photography nut BIL) and I went out to do some shooting in two of the buildings on his recreational property. I thought they would make great subjects for HDR photos, and I think I was right — for once. So off we went with tripods and high hopes.
He has a small red barn, which makes for a fine photo from the outside, but it was time to peer inside. These photos are from the lower level. I think I may prefer the b&w rendering of the first photo, the color version of the second, and I’m not sure about the third pair which is really the same as the second but in landscape orientation. Having said that, I am not terribly convinced of any of these supposed preferences and could change my mind … oh … about two minutes from now. I am also unsure why I might prefer the renderings that I do. However, if you look at the two b&w versions of the rocking chair, you may notice that I processed the second to have a warmer tone than the first; perhaps that is why I like it better. Or not. (And who knew that b&w could have so many tones?) This change in processing wasn’t deliberate; my preference simply shifts from one darkroom session to the next.
They are all HDRs. In the first photo, especially, you can see why an HDR can be effective because in a normal exposure either the window highlights would be blown out or the interior would be too dark. HDR, supposedly melds the best part of two or more exposures. Although three is the norm, some photographers take as many as nine different exposures, going from very light to very dark. My camera will only permit three auto bracketed exposures unless I try to get tricksy, which I haven’t yet.
The final photo is of Brian, sitting at the kitchen table after breakfast one morning. For some reason he is a very interesting photo subject, especially in black and white.