Combining Starbursts and HDR

Nice scene bringing back memories of childhood!

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Using HDR in the image below allowed me to reveal the details of the machinery as well as the colors of the sky.
I shot the image using 14-24mm lens at f/11.

Editors Note: This post builds upon Levi’s earlier post on Starbursts.

When you include the sun in you composition, you have framed a scene with a very high dynamic range–shadows facing you and full sun—so HDR software is ideal for making a picture revealing the whole scene.


The sunrise through the trees and the Canyonlands sunset above are both HDR composites. If not, they would both be silhouettes. Check out Rich and Scott’s excellent book on HDR to learn how it can work for you.

One Part Starburst + One Part Golden Hour

I gotta come clean. That image at the top of this post is not only HDR, but it’s a combination of two HDR images. The…

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The Chapel Bridge Works Well as a Background

From Wikipedia:  The Chapel Bridge (German: Kapellbrücke) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. Named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel,[1]
the bridge is unique since it contains a number of interior paintings
dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed
along with most of the centuries old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently
restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe,[2] as well as the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge.[3] It serves as the city’s symbol and as one of Switzerland’s main tourist attractions.[4 

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