During my family’s visit to Enterprise South Nature Park last Sunday, we hiked a new trail for us called Boulder Point Trail. It’s the most remote of the hiking trails there. While on this new to us trail we found this interesting looking dead tree. I took several pictures of it but none of them seemed to capture the spookiness of it.
Take make an HDR image you need to make at least two but more commonly three or more images of the same subject with the only change being the amount of exposure. This is called Exposure Bracketing. After making your set of bracketed images there are several programs you can use to combine them into one image. I currently use Photomatix Essentials.
Click HERE to see a tutorial video on Photomatix Essentials. As you can see in the video, you can really mess around with the final look of your image. It’s easy to over do it so be gentle with your sliders as you make your adjustments in Photomatix.
Here’s my version of the Spooky Looking Tree on Boulder Point Trail. Like I mentioned, a single image didn’t capture what I was feeling that day in the woods looking at this tree, but this HDR and Tone Mapped version does.
You can click on the image to see a full size version.
I will warn you, if you start to work on HDR and Tone-Mapped images, they are polarizing, in other words, people either love them or hate them. There are entire web sites, blogs and facebook groups of people who hate the look of a Tone-Mapped image. So, if you like them and enjoy making them, that’s great, but be sure to have a thick skin because a lot of photographers will give you a hard time about them.
That said, I hope you enjoyed this photograph of the spooky looking dead tree we found last Sunday. If you did, that’s great! If you are one of those who can’t stand tone-mapping, that’s OK too.
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