HDR photo : the tripod

The best way to do a beautiful HDR photo with an amalgamation of JPEG file is to use a tripod. If you try to hold your cam in your hands and take three or more shots, you will move, even if you do not think you are moving, you are. Another option if you do not have a tripod, put your camera on something solid, a flat rock, a table, a bench something that will be more stable than your hands, arms and legs.

I wanted to see for myself what a HDR photo would look like if I hold my cam in my hands only.

Photo A – HDR from three JPEG files no tripod

River hand held cam HDR

Photo B – JPEG file of the correctly exposed photo

River hand held correctly exposed

Although I got the HDR effect with photo A, there is a blurred effect at the bottom of the photo caused by movements. And if you magnify the photo you’ll see that the details are not as sharp with the photo A (HDR) compare to photo B ….. although I am not stricken by Parkison I am surprise by the result because, I was expecting much more blurred on the photo and not the just portion of the photo closest to me.


These photos are actually the first time where my subjects were animals, except for the dogs and cats here and there. It was a new experience for me. I think that birds are beautiful animals to photograph but they do not always cooperate with you, in fact human presence is a nuisance for these animals. I used my 300 mm lens and I would have used a longer lens. First you have to find where those birds are and then you have to try to get close which is a challenge. You need patience, something I kind of lack in photography, I prefer to be on the move with my cam. Don’t get me wrong I see some beautiful photos of insects and birds but me taking those, it’s a different story. I really like Victor Rakmil animal photography, he does have the talent and the patience and his photos are quite impressive.

In the meantime, here are my first shots of birds.

Sitting duck

Bird 2


Bird 1

Canadian geese (in HDR)

Bird 3