High Dynamic Range photography. Per the Wikipedia entry: “HDR is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.”
Click here for a link to an exceptional HDR artist’s (Trey Ratcliff) website for examples.
HDR is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some feel as though it represents the worst example of over-saturating and computer processing an image to the point of rendering it too "painterly” and unrealistic. But, when done well, HDR seeks to more accurately match the dynamic range that the human eye can see and which digital capture technologies cannot. Check out Trey’s site and let me know what you think.
More on Trey in the next post.