Flower HDR

26 09 2010

Have you ever thought of taking a flower photo in HDR (for those of you unfamiliar with this technique, read basics here)? You may ask why you should even think about it when you can create lighting conditions which allow you to take great photo with a single shot. Well, one reason might be that lighting conditions will NOT always allow you to take the photo with a single shot, for example when you are visiting botanique garden and the flowers which enchanted you are on full sun, or you may simply want to try something new.

Mine was the second reason and so inspired by fantastic photos by world wide known photographer and author of many books about photography – Harold Davis, I tried this technique on roses which I bought to my wife yesterday. Some of them had  really wonderful swirls inside buds and first I tried some classic single shots like this one:

~ Rose Labyrinth ~
2.5 sec @ 100 mm, F/10, ISO 100

Even though the lighting conditions were great (taken indoors in natural light, overcast outside) I tried 3 bracketed shots with 1EV step between them This resulted into 3 photos with -1, 0 and 1 EV. Then I took the photos to Photoshop and combined them using layers and different blending modes and opacity. I was pretty surprised by the results and pleased by it at the same time.

~ Rose Labyrinth HDR ~
3 images at 1.3, 2.5 and 5 sec. @ 100m, F10, ISO 100

I like how the shadows deepened and how the colour changes from yellow to red at some places. I think it gives the photo original look. What do you think?

Enjoy the upcoming Fall!

Technical information: all photos were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens, mounted to tripod, indoors, under natural conditions.