I was very curious about how still these geese were. Watching them in the pond at Warner Park they appeared to be motionless. Because of that, I decided to try an experiment to see if I could get a successful HDR of them as they floated in the pond.
You don’t see many High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos of animals, particularly ones floating in a pond, for the simple reason that they are usually moving. In order to get a successful HDR image you need at least two and usually three or more photos in which everything in each of the photos is nearly motionless vis-à-vis the other photo(s). If not, you will have “ghosts” when the images are combines to make the final image. Tiny movements by the geese in the three photos used here would be okay, but an inch of movement by any of the Geese would be a problem because each exposure was only 1/40th of a second long (it would normally be better to vary the shutter speed and keep the aperture the same, but I didn’t want to push my luck on how still the geese could be). Since the photo worked, you can see that the geese are remarkably still.
Readers of this blog know that I like to experiment with my photos. I don’t do it all of the time, but I like to try things just to see if they work out. That is the truly great thing about digital photography is that it gives one the freedom to try new things without incurring great expense.