August 20, 2010

Churchland Baptist Church in HDR

This morning, this historic church in Chesapeake became the subject of my first attempt at creating an HDR image. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it involves digitally blending multiple (bracketed) exposures of the same subject to combine the best elements of each of them.

The first frame is more or less normally exposed.

The second frame is underexposed, capturing detail in the brighter parts of the picture, i.e. the clouds in the sky here.

The third frame is overexposed, ensuring that detail in shadowy areas will be visible.

Then the three (or possibly more) frames are combined to form one image that shows detail both in the bright and dark areas of the scene.

Churchland Baptist Church in HDR


  1. That was fun! What is your post processing program?

    Glad to have you guys state side (sad to have missed a chance to go to italy with residents.....)



  2. Thanks, Retsina!!

    I use Photomatix Light for HDR processing, but I've become a Lightroom fan for everything else.

    Love to you both!

  3. Nice!! Thank you for posting and sharing your tips Britta!