The other day, the water levels reached a new high. I decided to go grab a few shots from the common room balcony where I had shot the landscape in times of normal water levels for comparison.
Two things distracted me. First, I started experimenting with the in-camera HDR feature since there was a lot of contrast between the wetland (in the shadows) and the sky. Second, the clouds were interesting. They never got really colorful–I watched until the sun was well below the horizon–but they were making some pretty interesting shapes.
All of these images are the HDR version of the image created in the camera.
On the one hand, I get better dynamic range using Photomatix. On the other hand, I didn’t have to do any special post-processing to get these and given that I didn’t start processing photos until after midnight, I appreciate that.
I will try processing the 3 exposures using Photomatix and doing a comparison when I have some more time (like that will ever happen), but for now, I feel like the feature did improve the dynamic range of the image some and I didn’t have to do as much work.
I should also note that the clouds were moving, yet the in-camera feature managed to match them up across 3 images and then crop the image to the size that worked with the data it had. While I wasn’t crazy about the cropping, I thought the matching worked very well.
Bed is calling . . .