These photos were taken on Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park this past April. What? You only see one photo? You are really looking at five. Read below for more.
This is one of my first attempts at HDR or High Dynamic Range images. I had heard about it and seen it many times in the past few months, but made my first attempt at it about an hour ago. (This post was actually created last night at about 9:30 p.m. and scheduled for posting this morning.) For those not familiar with it, it involves combining several identical photos which were taken at different exposures so that it gets the darks and the lights. My personal preference with HDR is to have it subtle enough that it doesn't scream out "Hey, I'm HDR!", and yet it is a better photo than any one of the originals from which it is created. You may have seen some where they look like a fantasy photo. Those remind me of a painted or computer created background in one of those fantasy movies and I do not usually like those at all. Does that mean that I will never find one I like of that sort or won't put one in as a Phun Phriday! post? Certainly not. But if I ever do, it will definitely be the exception and not the rule.
Now a note to Karen and to Dave and any others who have used HDR very successfully: When I made the exposures for this photo I only knew that you needed to bracket several photos. I now know for future attempts to get an even wider range with more overexposed overexposures and more underexposed underexposures as well as more in-betweeners. I'm kind of excited about my future attempts.