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HDR Photography

I have been going through some of my old photos recently, and I am almost glad that I failed the 365 Day Challenge. I think it started off okay, but as I headed deeper into the challenge, the pictures became more and more embarrassing to look at.

For my work flow, I normally import photos into a folder based on the capture date. (e.g. [20XX-XX-XX] Title of the Import) For some reason, I had a number of folders either titled "Snow" or "Winter" which contained photos taken within the proximity of my house. There were also folders which contained photos of ordinary objects found in my room, converted into Black and White using one of the plugins in Adobe Lightroom. As time went on, I stopped bothering with B&W conversion.

There are some photos that I would like to share before I lose them to any hard drive failure. My current library only goes back to the summer of 2010, just after I returned from Korea. When I was visiting Korea, I dropped my external hard drive a number of times, which eventually led to its demise. The valuable lesson is that I should not rely on an external hard drive as a primary storage unit as it is more susceptible to damage.

Below are a number of overly processed HDR photographs taken around where I live soon after I started the 365 Day Challenge.


High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography is a technique that relies on exposure blending of multiple photographs, each exposed at different levels.  Doing so allows one image to capture more dynamic range (brightness) than a typical photo. Before smartphones introduced to the masses, it was rather a specialised branch of photography, and it relied on use of a tripod (or very steady hands) and a workflow that takes longer than typical post processing.

There are some great images online that can showcase what it really can do, but in my photos I think I show the excessive side, as the element of realism is taken away from the excessive dynamic range.