In the odd spare moment I've been trying to learn a little more about high dynamic range photography (HDR). Ant has been really helpful in this and I've also recently bought "High Dynamic Range Digital Photography" by Ferrell McCollough which is definitely an interesting read. Unfortunately neither the weather nor work commitments have allowed me to take the time to experiment until today.
This evening I tried a quick test of HDR vs. a regular photograph. The results are interesting. Firstly, HDR really does help bring things out that you don't see in one single photo. On the other hand, at least in the brief test tonight, image quality suffers. I suspect taking pictures of flowers really isn't the right way to do this though. Although it wasn't windy I did find a gentle breeze would really screw things up!
In any case, the picture above shows the regular photo on the left and the HDR photo on the right. The latter used 5 images from -2 stops to +2. I had a +3 image but the wind made that too blurry.
These aren't great pictures by any means, but I thought it would be interesting to show the difference between the two techniques. Next time I'll try this on something that doesn't move in a gentle wind - a building for instance.
Oh, back up the mountain late this weekend. Maybe I can experiment up there, circadian rhythm be damned.
Just thought I'd add a picture of the curly wurly plant in the yard. Next time I'll get the whole thing in focus but I can tell you now that a flower like this is a great way to confuse a point-and-shoot camera...