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    Posted February 25, 2011 by
    Adelaide, Australia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    HDR photography: Love it or hate it?

    Fire Exit


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dtmateojr says, 'I don't use HDR for the sake of HDR. It is a workaround for the inherent limitation of camera sensors to capture the dynamic range of a scene. In high contrast situation, not even the most expensive/advanced camera in the world can handle it. The eye is just so magnificent. The camera is so limited that you have to do something otherwise just don't bother taking the photo at all because it would just be a waste of disk storage. HDR can be a savior when nature refuses to cooperate. HDR, when done properly, could make an ordinary photo look good. In the end, it's the results that I am after. It's the results that people see. People don't really care how I've done it...unless they're photographers.'
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    This photo was taken along one of the tight alleys in Adelaide, South Australia. The night before, I already saw the potential of this location for an urban type of photography. The following morning I went back to this location only to find out that the light was not ideal. It was a bit flat.


    I decided to use HDR. When used properly, this technique allows you to create a more dynamic lighting. HDR has the capability to even reverse the lighting condition: dark areas become bright while bright areas become dark.


    Compare the two photos. One of them was shot and processed raw while the other one used HDR. Which one do you like?

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