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.
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.