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