Monday, December 31, 2007

Amazing HDR Images

From the Travelzine Vagabondish comes a link to a set of wonderful photographs of Iceland. I spent the year 1973 in Iceland and some of these pictures are of the places that I also visited. The detail that Trey achieves in his images is amazing (click on "all sizes" to see the image in a larger size and greater detail). I thought I had some nice shots, but they don't even come close to capturing the scenes like his pictures do!

The photographs, by Trey Ratcliff, are in a technique/style called HDR photography. HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a software technique of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed. The detail that is made available in this type of imagery is absolutely incredible. Trey has posted a tutorial of the method he uses to create his images.

I first became aware of HDR photography when Jasia posted a picture of a house she found on Flikr back in October. It is a fascinating technique, at least it is to me, but I'm not sure it's something I want to get into right now… too many other things that really should be done first!


Miriam said...

These are stunning! Thanks for the link!

Terry Thornton said...

Becky, Thanks for the link to the wonderful pictures of Iceland. I enjoyed looking at Ratcliff's work very much.

Lee said...

Oh that is an interesting technique, and with such beautiful results.