HDR Digital Photography – What is it Good for?

Gasworks Park – Old Power Plant with Cloudy Backdrop makes for Good HDR Imaging

I’m often the first to agree with the distaste many feel about pushing HDR photos beyond their realistic limit. Almost always, a fake looking HDR image would have been better served with a little less tampering.

But with more photo work under my belt, I do see when this rule has its exceptions. For stormy weather, pushing HDR limits can bring out the textures and depth of just such foreboding skies in ways that can be (arguably, of course) worth the faked end results.

The same goes for large ships and architecture with visible texture. I tried to fit both of these qualities into the photo you see below. It is of the retired gas power plant that sits in the middle of Gasworks Park in Seattle. Though the look is obviously a result of HDR processing, the clouds and the structure are really highlighted by these altercations. I’m curious to know what your opinion of HDR is, so feel free to let me know by sending in a comment or suggestion.

If Gasworks Park sounds familiar, that is because it is the same Park where you can glimpse stunning views of Seattle’s downtown skyline, and where my two blog posts featuring Seattle’s skyline at night were taken.

HDR Photography from Seattle - Gasworks

3 thoughts on “HDR Digital Photography – What is it Good for?

  1. Tamper in Moderation and find Balance to keep the HDR from looking unrealistic, yet, allowing the beauty to flourish. This is a delicate balancing act, however very much a part of the process.

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