Club Report, HDR with David Ord - Tuesday 31st March 2015.

                              Fallen by David Ord.                           Little Egret by David Ord.

On Tuesday 31st March 2015, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed David Ord, a member of Ryton Camera Club as a guest
speaker on the subject ‘Myths and Facts of HDR’, (High Dynamic Range Photography).

David started his presentation with a demonstration of the 'Photomatix' software, explaining that although HDR photography
had in the past received bad press for its unreal, manufactured quality, new advanced software had been designed to produce
a more subtle, realistic photographic image. He used the view of rooftops from the Tyne Bridge as an example to illustrate
how to achieve more detail in highlights and shadows and, by using presets one can obtain an image to your liking, from
early morning bright light, to soft, mellow late afternoon colours.

Demonstrating the software, David chose three identical photographs he had taken, with one slightly underexposed, one
exposed correctly and the third slightly overexposed and how, by fusing the three together, one can achieve an exceptional
depth of field, greater density of colours, amazing contrast and can eliminate ‘ghosting’ where there are moving objects,
such as clouds or vehicles, and overall creating a more three dimensional result. As with all software experimentation is key
to achieving the effect you have in mind, to maintain individuality and above all subtlety, it is a common mistake in HDR to
create a chocolate box effect, too colourful and too perfect to be realistic.

Throughout the presentation David encouraged interaction, discussing file sizes, the use of jpeg or raw images and printing,
also the advantages and disadvantages of using this software as an alternative to using Photoshop.

Part two of his show, David showed many examples of his three-image fusion with the resulting effects, snow capped hills
of Kirkstone Pass, milky images of waterfalls highlighting the detail in rocks and lichens, panoramic views from Hartside,
Sunderland Pier with detailed stonework and algae, a glorious sunrise over St Mary’s lighthouse, brilliant receding lines in
the Sage, moody Tyne Bridge reflections, Dunston Staithes in dramatic HDR effect, among many others.
He also demonstrated how he had chosen, at first glance, a quite ordinary scene of containers in a country lane and how he
had transformed it into a spectacular rural scene. These before and after images certainly confirmed that experimenting
with high definition software can transform photography to another level.

Club Chairman, Steve McDonald thanked David for his very interesting presentation which provided a good flavour of his
work and displayed how the High Dynamic Range software was such a great tool for creativity, after which refreshments
were served.