Watching the Ice Form on the Wabash River

Last week I spent quite a bit of time near the Wabash photographing the wildlife there. I had some fun seeing the eagles, herons, and everything else that calls the Wabash home this time of the year. One of the days a large dump truck came into one of my spots on his horn. I knew that it was the end of the wildlife for a while so I moved about a bit. I saw this scene driving by, and I came back to make this photo. I love the symmetry all around here. The twin bridges moving off into the distance, the sky nearly matching the river. It was just a cool scene to me. I knew that with the color of the Wabash that I would be converting to black and white so I metered with that in mind.

An HDR Image That Does Not Look HDR

When this blog was in its infancy I often made photos that looked very fake. There was something in the HDR process that I liked to crank up. As time has gone on though I have found a way to have the best of both worlds. I get the look that I like, but it is in a very believable photo. This is done very simply now. I take my three photos (in this case they are metered at -2, 0, +2) into Photomatix Pro. I merge them there, and then when the 32 bit image pops up I save the file to a tiff. This was the point when I would have gone on with Photomatix to make something much too dreamy. I open the 32 bit tiff file back up in Lightroom to use the sliders there. What I end up with is one very large file with a lot of data. I can pull things out that would have been lost in any one photo. This is the way that I prefer to do this now, and I think that it works very well. What do you use on a scene with a lot of dynamic range?


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

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