Downtown Clarkston HDR photography

Here is some Downtown Clarkston HDR photography I did this summer for the cover of the Clarkston Chamber Guide.  I was working with Don Rush, the publisher of the Clarkston News to supply a photograph of something classic Clarkston business.  Ultimately we ended up going in a different direction and did not use these shots.

HDR photography is a process of combining multiple exposures of the same scene where there are brighter and darker exposure, capture detail in all the shadows and highlights.  Photographic software like Lightroom, Photoshop and a bunch of apps combine the exposures to make a pleasing shot.  Some of the software allows adjustments and some do it for you.  It is easy to go way overboard with the HDR software and get artificial looking images.  It is all under the control to the photographer.

I have used HRD here as a way to make a pleasing balanced image to bring back what our eyes and brain see.  Cameras today have limited (but much improving and considerably better than film) dynamic range.  The camera cannot record the wide difference in the lightest and darkest area on scenes like this.

The shot of Old Village Cafe is a multipart panorama in addition to an HDR, so there are 12 separate images to make this one.  Other shots include Honcho’s umbrellas, the side alley next to Union Woodshop, the clock in front of The Fed and a couple in the downtown area.