HDR Tip 4 – Let the Time Flow

Trey’s Note: this is part of a week-long HDR Tip session with Rick Sammon.  If you want to find out more, feel free to see the free HDR Tutorial or the more in-depth HDR Tutorial on Video.

Most of the time, when you shoot HDR photos, you’ll be taking multiple exposures. So, you often end up with the old “ghosting” problem in which an object changes its XY across the plane.

I contend that you don’t have to worry about that if you want to give the impression of time flowing. This bleeds into my discussion yesterday about impressionist feelings within photos. Yes, photography is about stopping time, normally, but it doesn’t have to be.

If you are taking an HDR of a moving river or flowing steam (like below), then I like to allow the ghosting to remain. It gives a feeling of movement and time, and that’s a nice thing to communicate in a photo.

High Dynamic Range Photo

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  • Good tip Trey, letting the ghosting stay adds a certain ethereal quality to an image. Beautiful image as well.

  • Great image, Trey. I agree, sometimes ghosting can add interest. It can convey sense of motion in flowing water without having to use such a long shutter speed. It can also give a very painterly effect on moving fall foliage on a windy day. Sometimes “ghosts” are friendly.

  • Wonderful image, Trey. I can almost see the movement in the picture, especialy in the clouds and mist. You are extremely talented and you bring a new dimention to the photographic arts.

  • Trey, that would be “dimension”.

  • Andrew Hemming

    I find the idea of capture of movement & time in a still image an amazing quality of stills photography

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