Sometimes the best camera is the one you have with you. Took a short walk to a pond near my home last evening with my granddaughter. The sky had floating clouds, the air was calm and the pond was like a mirror.
“Why don’t I have my camera with me when I need it.”
A few years ago I visited Bodie ghost town. Bodie has been preserved by the state of California as Bodie State Historic Park.
Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Bodie is one of the largest and best preserved ghost towns in the West with over 170 buildings still remaining and accessible to visitors. Bodie is a photographer’s paradise, if you are looking to capturing an image with that “antique – worn” look .
At the time of I was not familiar with HDR photography. Consequently, I did not capture multiple exposures which could be used for true HDR processing. Then to make processing more difficult, I had also captured the images as jpgs and not RAW.
My initial thoughts on trying to process these as pseudo HDR images using a single image appeared to be a fools errand. However with the processing abilities of Lightroom and the HDR rending of Photomatix Pro the resulting images were much better than I every expected.
I enjoy the look of an High Dynamic Range Image, however creating a HDR image of a moving object can create issues that result in a ghosting effect requiring additional editing.
I had originally captured this late Fall image as multiple bracketed exposures.
However, after further review on a large screen, it was clear that the pony had moved it’s head several times and the larger horse also made slight movements which would result in more ghosting than desired.