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HDR Extreme-Fall Colors at Jordan Pond

HDR Image of Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park

Fall Colors Flank Jordan Pond and "The Bubbles", Acadia National Park

I know there is debate on the artistic merits of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) technique and how it is applied.   I’m not one of the minimalists, but I do agree it can certainly be overdone.   To tell you the truth my only barometer is whether or not I think it looks cool on whatever image I’m working on.   I thought the more extreme HDR look worked for this one, but of course not everyone will agree.   Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, Maine is a photogenic location, but I was never able to catch it with a calm surface on my short time there.   It is certainly a location I would like to revisit someday.  This image was created from a bracketed set of three exposures, combined using Photomatix software with a final tweak in Photoshop Elements.

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4 responses

  1. I personally like these types of photos, I believe they have their place. I’ve done a few similar myself, but I still prefer the actual photograph image. I’ve just scrolled through your pictures and am completely impressed at what you’ve captured as well as a bit jealous! I just told my husband that I wanted to plan a trip to Vermont next October, then I stumble upon your blogsite and in my mind, the trip is a necessity now! Thanks so much for sharing all your photographs, they’re just beautiful!!

    October 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    • Thanks very much for the kind words. October in Vermont is good stuff, especially if you pick the right week for whatever part of Vermont you are headed. I only scratched the surface, would love to back myself.

      October 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  2. Amy

    Personally, I am not a fan of most HDR imagery. But I also think that all photo techniques, even those that are overdone grossly, have their proper time and place. While this particular photo doesn’t appeal to me, the one in your most recent post of the lake (which is also HDR) is very beautiful, even in my judgmental eyes!

    October 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    • Thanks Amy. The photo in this post is admittedly one that appealed to me for some reason, but I agree that it would not be to everyone’s liking for sure. Glad you liked the other one.

      October 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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