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    Posted February 26, 2011 by
    Mary Esther, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    HDR photography: Love it or hate it?

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    An Evening at Hurlburt's Soundside


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     xynntii traveled to Soundside, the coastal region of Hurlburt Field Air Force Base. 'I read a quote which states that some complain the end-result of HDRs is over-processed and unrealistic. The problem is that not everyone who engages in the HDR technique does it correctly. Some believe in a one-step process where you merge the multiple exposures then call the result your final image. In this case, the end-result is actually pre-mature and incomplete. Merging the exposures is only the first step of about 5 that needs to be done to take your HDR photo to the next level. After merging the exposures together, you must 'clean up' the photo to remove excessive detail and lighting. My point is that after completing all of the necessary steps will you then have a true end-result. In addition, there are several other factors that play a huge role into what make an HDR photo realistic. You cannot make every photograph you take into an HDR.'
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    This is the first time I have pointed the camera directly into the Sun to create multiple exposures for an HDR image. It was not easy. Cameras typically go crazy when you do that, with drastic and overpowering lens flare. But for some reason I did not have much of a problem with that.The biggest issue was a lack of luminance variety with the exposures. Most of the frames came out extra bright, the sky and beach included.


    Anyway, I was joined by a couple of bystanders who actually decided to hide from the camera as I took this photo. Next to the dog is a guy in a random and out-of-place sleeping bag. Next to him is a lady bent over in the chair. Like I said, they were hiding from me. But at least the guy in the gazebo back there was not camera shy. Can you see him smiling?


    I knew this particular day was going to have an orgasmic sunset; I was spying on the clouds all day to see if they were going to hold up until evening. I traveled to Soundside, the coastal region of Hurlburt Field Air Force Base. This location is right outside Fort Walton Beach in a small town called Mary Esther. I had been to this place previously so I knew I would have a great opportunity to capture some scenery along with the Sun to give the frame some more perspective.

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