Snappy H’appy #2: HDR – Live Oak

My best photo of the week is of a live oak in Los Olivos, CA, taken this past Sunday.
live oak

Original taken with iPhone4, cropped in Snapseed ©Meghan aka FireBonnet 2014

This week’s challenge for Snappy H’appy is to play with HDR and saturation. Please visit weliveinaflat to read all about HDR and how you can create your own with apps for mobile devices. For those of you who don’t know what HDR is (hi Mom!), JX describes it in her post:

The process creates a photo that looks a lot more vibrant than the camera could capture in a single shot because it creates a larger range of luminescence (light). This helps to preserve the detail that would otherwise have been obscured in shadow or overly bright areas due to the scene having too high contrast for the camera to adequately process. Hence the term high dynamic range or HDR.

I have an HDR setting on my iPhone 4 camera (takes the shot three times to generate the final photo). I decided to challenge myself this week, and not only use the setting (I don’t usually) but then edit the images on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. This little used tablet has so much to offer me, and I need more excuses to get it out!

When I take a shot in the HDR mode, the camera saves the same image without HDR. The shot of the live oak above is that original image. Here is the HDR version of it.

Original HDR shot taken with iPhone4, cropped in Snapseed ©Meghan aka FireBonnet 2014

I think it did a good job of making the textures in the live oak bark pop, but the color is washed out. So, I downloaded the app Snapseed to my tablet (I’ve used it on iPhone for ages). I have to tell you it was really weird seeing the image so big on the tablet screen after working on a tiny iPhone screen!

I played with boosting the saturation a little and then added a vignette to the HDR shot and came up with this. I’m happy with it and will go with this for my best photo of the week for HDR/Saturation week.

Original HDR taken with native iPhone4, cropped and saturation boosted in Snapseed ©Meghan aka FireBonnet 2014

Edited HDR taken with iPhone4, cropped and saturation boosted in Snapseed ©Meghan aka FireBonnet 2014

I have a hard time seeing the differences in the images when I scroll down this post to compare them, so I put the three live oak shots into a slide show so you can see them one right after the other.

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Please join me and weliveinaflat in our second Snappy H’appy Challenge. Head over there to find out the guidelines for the challenge AND to add your entry for the week. She has some wonderful information about HDR and saturation.

As always I welcome your comments on this and any other part of my blog.

FireBonnet

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29 thoughts on “Snappy H’appy #2: HDR – Live Oak

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  12. sassmuffins

    Love the saturation and vignette! The extra saturation really makes the blue color of the photo/sky pop, which is perfect with the detailed bark of the tree.

    And don’t you just love the form of the live oak tree. We have so many of those here in central Texas. My yard is full of them! Beautiful, until those lovely evergreen leaves start dropping next month. Then the cleanup is not so much fun. Leaves in the fall…and then again in the spring!

  13. Meghan Post author

    I actually had a hard time editing them and choosing because the differences were so subtle, especially on the tablet. I also always think of what my mom will get out of a post when she reads it, and I’m sure she would not have seen the slight tweaks that photographers do to enhance a shot without it. Thank you Lisa!

  14. Meghan Post author

    Trees and wood ARE fascinating! I know a lot of people get into collecting rocks, but I would think bits of trees are just as delightful… except they fall apart faster. 😉 Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

  15. Eclectic

    I love trees and love wood and find fascination in fallen bits of trees hehe I know I must be mad. I like the 2nd to last one best with more vivid leaves x

  16. Meghan Post author

    I have a bunch of shots of this tree for future posts (yummy), but thought this worked well for the challenge. I just have to make myself use the tablet, the small screen truly is getting old (or my vision worse). 😉

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  19. weliveinaflat

    I think I needn’t tell you that the mark of a good shot is that you find little need to edit/meddle with it in the first place 🙂 The tree does stand out more in the final one with more saturation and vignette. Wonderful choice of subject as well, the twisty branches of the oak 🙂 You may get used to the bigger screen in time and find it odd to return to squinting eyes over the small screen 😛

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