HDR or Not to HDR
In yesterdays post I showed you some images that work better with HDR and you see more detail. Today I have some images that I took last night at St Kilda and this time you can see whether or not the images are better for using HDR or not.
Same thing again, originally exposed image first then the HDR image with the bracketed shots I took.
I have taken images of this before, but from the other side and very early in the morning. It was very dark or starting to get light. It is nice to take some photos from this view and I must say if I go back early one morning this is a view I should try.
This is the HDR image, and I think when you compare it with the one above there isn’t much difference. Is HDR necessary for this image? No, probably not, the image doesn’t have that contrast between light and dark and if you were just presenting the first image then it would probably be fine. I don’t think HDR is necessary for this type of image.
It was unfortunate we didn’t get to see a really nice sunset, but again this is the original image. This building is on the end of the pier. It burnt down a few years ago and then they rebuilt it. So glad they did.
This one is the HDR and there are elements that I like, but there is ghosting that I couldn’t get rid of it, so I’m stuck with it. The sky around the building has also turned out weird. I think perhaps the first image has worked better, but the reasons could also be that my camera went really weird. More on that soon.
When to use HDR, good question. I suppose when you have lots of contrast in an image and you don’t want those black spots, or areas that are blown out, then HDR is the way to go. For these images here then I don’t think it was necessary. It will always have to be a judgement call and will always depend on what look you are going for.
Now, for my camera. I have some questions. Look at the following two images.
These is when the images started going wrong. I have no idea what that black thing is across the lens. It wasn’t the camera strap. I have no idea what that white strip is as well. It was in every image after this, but not the black bit.
This is the same image has above, but I cropped it for the images I showed you. There is that white strip again. My husband thought some moisture might have got into the camera, but I don’t know about that. I have a Nikon D300s and every image after this had this. Though when I got home and took some photos it wasn’t there. It was very humid down at the beach.
So any ideas. I thought maybe it was the memory card, but my husband didn’t think so. I have no idea.