Moulton Barn In HDR

I have largely gotten away from doing HDR images because I found I really did not need to go to the bother.
There are scenes with extreme lighting that call for HDR, but for the most part I don’t need it. Dealing with moving elements in the picture is one of those hassles I don’t need. For today’s entry however, I want to present a beautiful picture of Moulton’s barn in the Grand Teton’s National Park.

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Moulton’s Barn (there are several in the area) has become a cliche because everyone and his aunts and uncles have photographed it.

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I used Photoshop CS5 to render this image into HDR. Yes, I have the customary 3 images, one under exposed by one f stop, one properly exposed and one over exposed by one f stop. You can take these pictures hand held but the failure rate goes way up, so better carry a sturdy tripod.

There is one very important consideration when shooting for HDR. Make sure your camera is set to aperture priority. You don’t want your depth of field changing with each image, and blurring your end result.

The following image is from theĀ  identical original file to the one above, but it’s from a single image, instead of three. It’s not HDR. I worked this image using NIK Software.
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It hardly seems worth the effort to go through all the bother of doing an HDR, when I can get this kind of result with just one jpg. This is why I recently stopped doing HDR images and also stopped using RAW files. They are a waste of time and resources.
More on this later.

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