I don’t shoot a lot of bracketed images for HDR. Why? Because Lightroom 4 can simulate the “HDR look” pretty well. Lightroom 4 can also extend the dynamic range of a single photo very well. Plus I have not had great success with tonemapped bracketed images. But I decided to shoot this composition with the intent of combining and tonemapping the images to try and capture all the great details and colors on display this fantastic spring day in Portland Oregon.
And what a day it was. The cherry trees lining the west bank of the Willamette River in downtown Portland last only a days. The puffy clouds and blue skies were gracing me with a special moment.
I shot this image with my Canon EOS-1 DX combined with my Canon 45mm TS-E lens. The 5 bracketed images were shot at plus and minus 2 stops from neutral exposure (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2). The 5 RAW images were combined in Photomatix Pro and tonemapped to the final image you see here.
I love this time of year!
Thanks for looking.