high dynamic range

HDR in Ruins: Help Wanted

Please, I need your help!

Over the Easter holiday weekend, I got the opportunity to sit down and work with some photographs I captured in Stockton, Utah in July of last year. I had just gotten my Mamiya 645 Super medium-format film camera, and wanted to take it out and shoot a couple of rolls of film. An earlier post featured one of the B&W photos from the Mamiya film shoot, but I had never even looked at the digital images I got at the same time.

I recall that my intuition had me thinking that the early morning light and the landscape that lay in front of me was the perfect combination for some interesting HDR images. I therefore bracketed all of my shots for each scene by a half stop. I haven’t done a lot of HDR work to-date, but it is a technique I’ve become more and more intrigued with for its ability to show so much detail and texture. And if you’ve come to this site with any regularity, you know how I’m drawn to textures.

So here they are. I’m pretty happy with the results and think I might like to have a metal print made of the best image from this series. The problem is, I can’t decide which one is the “best image”. That’s where your help comes in; which one would you choose to print? Please leave your opinion/comments below. Thanks.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

#3

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, bracketed aperture for HDR conversion at 1/125th sec.

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An Unacceptable Truth

An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.
– John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Nikon D300, ISO 640, 1/1000 sec @ f/6.3, 36 mm, HDR

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