-2ev @ 1/320 sec
-1ev @ 1/160 sec
0ev @ 1/80 sec
+1 @ 1/40 sec
+2 @ 1/20 sec
18mm, f/9.0, ISO200
Evaluative Metering, No Flash
Nikon D300, AF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6
I always speak of the golden hour, as does every photographer I ever speak to or read about. While staying at Little Silver Lake in Ontario for a week I finally found out what the Golden Hour was all about. This is the second in the series from the Sunrise at Little Silver Lake. The time of day was truly magical and as such I decided to experiment.
This shot is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) shot. This means that I took between 3 and 9 exposures then let a piece of software mash those exposures together, with a little tweaking from yours truly, the result is an HDR photograph. Theoretically I am getting closer to the dynamic range that the human eye can see. In practice this is almost impossible as the human eye is a piece of complex biology and a camera/software is a bunch of 0′s and 1′s. Done well, HDR can reproduce detail in both the shadows and highlights. A normal sensor on a normal digital camera can only really produce detail well in one or the other.
When creating HDR photographs it is possible to tweak the settings so you get a very surreal effect. Some call this “over the top”, I often like the effect and that is what I have gone for in the image above.