High Dynamic Range, or HDR, is a digital photography technique whereby multiple exposures of the same scene are layered and merged using image editing software to create a more realistic image, or a dramatic effect. The combined exposures can display a wider range of tonal values than what the digital camera is capable of recording in a single image.
Packed with my D800 I aimed to create the best possible high quality HDR images. Shot at 36 megapixel, 5 exposures at ISO50, 14 bit and edited with Photomatix and Photoshop to 16bit files for maximum image quality and sharpness.
The HDR technique lets me control the lighter and darker areas in the image to retreive maximum detail and color tones, as seen by the eye. A camera’s sensor simply cannot capture the wide arrange of tones in scenes with high contrast, which is especially experienced in landscape photography.