A few days back as I was reading Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure, I came to his section entitled, “Implying Motion with Stationary Subjects” (page 96 of the paperback 3rd edition) in which he relates how you can get a nifty effect if you zoom while pressing the shutter release. On the evening of the 4th I was in the backyard of our new house snapping pictures. The property is pretty much positioned East/West with woods behind it. The sun setting behind the trees produced some lovely lighting, and as I was shooting this tree along with its shadow, I tried Peterson’s zoom effect a couple of times. I was pleased with this image the most.
I also did some web searching to get an idea (albeit excessively brief) of how HDR worked, and found a tutorial on how to create an HDR image in Photoshop Elements 8. After playing around with it a bit I decided that this image might be a good candidate for an HDR attempt, so after processing the image in RAW I saved several images with the exposure going up and down various degrees. The image below is the result of merging the image exposed at 0, -0.50, and +0.50 in RAW, as well as following the other directions the tutorial offered, tweaking them slightly and bumping up the saturation. Have a great Friday!
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XS ~ Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm @ 18mm ~ ISO: 100 ~ Aperture: f/22 ~ Shutter Speed: 1/3 s ~ Format: RAW