Crossing Baltimore’s Key Bridge
Kris and I went northwest of Baltimore – a part of the state we don’t get to very often – to do some exploring over the weekend. We found a lovely hiking spot (Gunpowder Falls State Park) and a photogenic pre-Revolutionary War historic village (Jerusalem). The pristine weather and the free time gave me the chance to try some photographic techniques that I have wanted to try for awhile…
This kind of shot is called HDR – High Dynamic Range. I had seen hundreds of HDR shots on Flickr, and recently Kris and I decided to give it a try. (His first HDR photographs were done in Alaska – and they are stunning. See his shot of the Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls, and his other shot of the Treadwell Mines on Sandy Beach). The process is relatively simple; for the photograph, I used my tripod and our 5D Mark II camera. You shoot three shots at the exact same spot – one at a lower light, one at standard, and then a higher light exposure. Using PhotoMatix software (specifically designed for HDR shots), you layer the three photos on top of each other and the result is this multi-tonal image – the highlights and the lowlights.
It has an otherworldly look to it because it picks up on all of the colors – unique and “hyper-real”. For that reason, there are several critics who say it is too much processing. Of course, like anything, there is a *right* time for HDR, and a *wrong* time. I figured that Jerusalem Village was a nice chance to try it out.