HDR photography is a clever bit of magic that uses software to produce images that have a High Dynamic Range compared to normal images. The basic idea is that you take a series of images, one under exposed, on with a correct exposure, and one that is over exposed, and then let the software combine them into an image that looks a lot better – if you’re careful.
Digital cameras are pretty amazing when it comes to setting the correct exposure of a given area, but in situations as above where there are very bright and very dark areas, you can’t get a good exposure for everything.
The HDR image below shows what can be done: you get to see the fire pit, grass, the picnic tables and even the rafters of the shelter, and they are all properly exposed.
All images © 2012 CKB