This weekend we decided to go on a little adventure in our own backyard.
Saturday, October 28 greeted us with clear blue skies, temps in the mid-sixties (finally feeling like fall!) and a spare few hours to play around with the Canon t6i. Basically the perfect day to get outside and mess around with some HDR photography.
For those not familiar, HDR or “high dynamic range” photography involves capturing multiple photos of the same setting in quick succession at a wide range of exposures. Then, with the help of some advanced processing software, we combine the photos in post to create a single image composed of the most in-focus, colorful and overall best parts of the scene.
We headed to Hibernia County Park -- just about a 15 minute drive from where we live in Chester County, PA -- to explore.
Hibernia consists of 900 acres of fields, meadowlands, trails, campgrounds, playgrounds and picnic areas. It is the home of the beautiful, man-made Chambers Lake -- a popular spot for kayaking, small-craft boating and fishing.
We started our day at the lake. The winds that day were pretty heavy but we were still able to capture some pretty cool images of the foliage surrounding the water.
Next, we followed the river into the main section of the park. More adventurous than myself, Kelly headed right into the brambles to the river to take some blurred motion shots.
We continued our journey on to the children’s fishing pond where we made a friend. Contrary to most geese we’ve met, this guy seemed very comfortable with people and swam right up to us (probably looking for food).
Finally, we ended our adventure at Hibernia Mansion. The former home of 19th century Ironmasters, this mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and opens for tours on Sunday afternoons Memorial Day through Labor Day. Apparently the home does candlelight holiday tours in December so I’m hoping to head back and check that out.
Overall, it was an afternoon well-spent and we were eager to process some of the HDR shots we captured using the Aurora HDR software.