High Dynamic Range Travel Photography
Just a few days into my third year of travel I stumbled across a style of photography altogether new to me. Known as high dynamic range (HDR), the technique involves taking multiple exposures (nominal, over and under) and blending the images together to deliver an image that might be more representative of what the human eye actually sees (which adjusts rapidly to absorb the details of both shadows and highlights).
I've fast fallen in love with this style of photography, and with my simple point-and-shoot camera have made it a regular part of my daily approach to travel photography.
Although the technique returns the best results with a dSLR shooting RAW files, on a tripod, and with plenty of time to digitally combine and retouch the composites, I'm certainly not doing as much. I shoot with a compact camera that takes JPEGs, free-holding 99% of the time, and with terribly limited time to spend processing and retouching photos.
So, even though images could look even better, the results are still pretty amazing to look at. It's an entirely new level of travel photography that makes images you're looking out just pop—I love it.
These are some of my favorite examples from the snapshots gallery (presented chronologically):