HDR of downtown Providence as springtime arrives.

Storm clouds roll over downtown Providence as the spring blooms on the trees of Pratt St. © Stew Milne 2012

Springtime in New England is beautiful. Especially after a long grey winter. This year we had very little snow to cover the ground, so we were without color on the trees for a good five months. This year we had an unseasonably warm March, which lead to an early spring and blossoms. If you know Providence, they you’ve probably viewed the city from Prospect Park on Congdon St. It’s a great view, but cliche if you shoot photographs from there. This photograph was taken from just below the park on Pratt St. I love the juxtaposition of the blossoms on the tree with the mostly dead limbs framing the city as the storm clouds roll in. This is an HDR image shot using six exposures, processed in Photomatix and finished in Photoshop.

Providence College Campus

Harkins Hall

Spring clouds move past Harkins Hall on the campus of Providence College. © 2012 Stew Milne

The other day I walked over to the Providence College campus to take some photos and entertain my two sons. They both brought along their cameras as well. I was hoping to get some nice images of the campus as spring had arrived and many of the trees were starting to bloom. Unfortunately there aren’t any trees near Harkins Hall.

St. Dominic Chapel

The trees are abloom as spring arrives around St. Dominic Chapel on the campus of Providence College. © 2012 Stew Milne

However, over at St. Dominic Chapel the trees out front were covered in beautiful pink blooms. The ones out back were all white and I’ll take a photo of those soon, but when I was there the sun was in the wrong position to make a nice photo from behind the chapel.

Both of these images are HDR, or high dynamic range photos. If you aren’t familiar with this term, it’s a process where the photographer takes several, anywhere from 3 to 7 photos, of the same scene with different exposures. The exposures range from underexposed to overexposed. Later all the photos are combined with photo software to create an image that displays the full dynamic range of the scene. Typical digital cameras only capture a small portion of the dynamic range.