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

    Manhattan Beach - Los Angeles, California


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     astowecnn loves HDR but thinks 'there is a time and a place for it, and it is not the end-all, be-all of how to take great pictures. It's merely a different way of capturing a scene when the final intent is to achieve a maximum level of detail. For the most part though, HDR is often able to take mediocre photographs and with a subtle touch, turn them into usable, remarkable pieces.'
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    Sometimes a scene can be gorgeous to look at with your eyes but infuriating to try and take a proper picture of, especially when you must compromise detail in one area in exchange for another. In the non-HDR image above, I chose to favor the sky (the highlights) over the near side of the pier (the shadows) because the silhouette is still a nice kind of picture unto itself. However, the scene did not look like this in real life because our eyes can see the detail of the sky and the pier simultaneously. Through HDR, it is possible to get the best of every part of the scene, from the detailed gradient of the sky to the gritty underside of the pier.
    If you like this image, you can check out more of my work on the HDR website that my friends and I have:

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