Saturday, September 19, 2009

Patuxent Naval Air Museum – Extreme HDR

Lockheed Martin X-35C PNAM
You may have been following my recent adventures in exploring High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.  This post is a continuation of that theme.  As promised, I am posting the good, the bad and the ugly.
Boeing X-32B PNAM
This group of shots certainly fall in the category of pushing HDR to the extreme.  I will let you be the judge of good, bad or ugly.
NA-7A Corsair II PNAM
I shared these photographs with several friends and received two classes of responses; 1) Wow…very cool…they don’t look real, and 2)  Wow…how did you do that?  I’m guessing the second response was a less positive one.
NA - 6E Intruder PNAM
My personal assessment is that the photographs are visually interesting and draw you in to examine the details.  They are not shots that will find a place on my walls, but they are fun to explore.
RA-5C Vigilante PNAM
As I mentioned in my preface to exploring HDR, my intent was to explore the mild to the wild.  These shots clearly fall on the wild end of the spectrum.
The real value of pressing the envelope of the possible, is that I am progressively bracketing (both a photographic and military artillery term) the target.  I would guess that within the next month, I will be in a position to publish a solid list of my rules of thumb for using HDR photography.
NFA-18a Hornet Tail PNAM
As with everything else I publish in this blog, my rules of thumb for using HDR photography will be exactly that…MINE.  I share such things as a starting point, or point of comparison for you to consider; and to develop your own if you choose to do so.
NFA-18a Hornet PNAM
Have fun, and go make some great photography.

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