handheld HDR photography – in a river!

HDR, mountain lake, Whistler, clear water, alpine lake, high dynamic range photos

Handheld HDR photo while standing in a creek

This is a lake with crystal clear water located near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.  I wanted to get a shot with an interesting foreground, with the lake and mountains in the background.  There was only one way to do this.  I walked out into the middle of a creek and took three shots, handheld, and processed them in Photomatix when I got home.  You can learn how to do this on my HDR tutorial on this site.

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  1. Posted March 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm by Lynell | Permalink

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  3. Posted January 29, 2011 at 12:45 am by John Mcnight | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! a tremendous article dude. Thanks for you HDR photo tips. Very impressive.

  4. Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm by Sam Jackson | Permalink

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  5. Posted January 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm by Link master | Permalink

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  6. Posted January 21, 2011 at 1:02 am by Shirley | Permalink

    I agree with the other posters. These are excellent HDR photos and your description of how to create HDR photos is great. Thank you for all your help.

  7. Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm by Tory | Permalink

    Good thing that river didn’t sweep you away while you were taking this picture! It looks like the rocks are slippery.

    Question for you. Do you think that Photoshop CS5 is just as good as Photomatix Pro for processing HDR images?


    • Posted January 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm by HDR photographer | Permalink

      Tory, I have spent many, many hours comparing the HDR capability of Photoshop CS4 and CS5 with Photomatix Pro. There is no question that Photomatix blows Photoshop away with its ability to process HDR photos. Photoshop does a million things well, but Photomatix Pro does one thing exceptionally – process high dynamic range photographs. For the price of Photomatix, it is well worth the cost and does a better job.

      Don’t forget, if you use my discount code of CoolHDR, you will get 15% off when you purchase Photomatix software.


  8. Posted January 19, 2011 at 10:20 am by Unicorn | Permalink

    Thanks for all your great HDR tips. Looking at the world in HDR is fun! Thanks for teaching me how to do it.

  9. Posted January 19, 2011 at 5:53 am by JusJam | Permalink

    You are a talented and unique photographer. You turn simple photos into art and create stunning HDR visuals that respect the spirit and mood of the capture. The contrast boosting and HDR you create are second to none. Thanks for all your work.

  10. Posted January 19, 2011 at 2:54 am by SuRSamuRai | Permalink

    How can I create an HDR image with just a single jpg? Without using photomatix, but only using Photoshop?

  11. Posted January 19, 2011 at 12:54 am by Sladdeneck | Permalink

    I love your tenacity…HDR photos while standing in a creek. Very original. Your HDR processing looks great. Maybe a bit too much saturation on this one, but otherwise amazing.

  12. Posted January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm by Koverman | Permalink

    I love the photo. HDR is the future of photography!

  13. Posted January 18, 2011 at 9:36 am by Canoe Paddler | Permalink

    If this is Whistler, British Columbia then I will be visiting this summer based on this photo. It looks beautiful.

    Thanks for the HDR photography tips!

  14. Posted January 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm by Beckie Vernet | Permalink

    I wanted to say thanks to you for this great read!! I’ve got you bookmarked to see new stuff you post.

  15. Posted January 17, 2011 at 1:27 am by Hsiu Locke | Permalink

    Great post! You are a dedicated and risk-taking photographer! Handheld HDR photography while standing in a river. Funny! But good!

  16. Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm by Brandie Sturk | Permalink

    This is an amazing HDR photo. The colors are so vivid. Where is this lake? I want to go there.

  17. Posted January 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm by kourtnie | Permalink

    This is a first…HDR photography handheld with no tripod while standing in a river. Well done!

  18. Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:26 am by Cris Hornaday | Permalink

    I had read you always needed a tripod to shoot HDR photos. Now I know it can be done hand held. Thanks for this!

    High Dynamic Range photography is the wave of the future! I love it.

  19. Posted January 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm by kamine | Permalink

    You are obviously very committed to HDR photography to walk out into a river and take HDR photos. I like it.

  20. Posted January 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm by HDR guy | Permalink

    Beautiful HDR photo. Where is this lake?

  21. Posted January 14, 2011 at 11:04 am by Christine Legrand | Permalink

    As a professional photographer, I would like to commend your photography on this website. Great images and originality. I have not always been a big fan of HDR photography because they are often over processed, but you have demonstrated that HDR photos can look natural. Great work!

    Christine Legrand

  22. Posted January 14, 2011 at 7:53 am by Jimmy | Permalink

    Since it is the middle of the winter right now, that lake, the sunshine, and the blue sky, look really good right now.

    Impressive HDR photo!

  23. Posted January 14, 2011 at 2:41 am by Randi Heggdal | Permalink

    I like the motion in the foreground. Very nice framing of this photo.

  24. Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:31 am by pro photog | Permalink

    I have seen many HDR photo sites but this one is very original. Keep up the good work…and please tell us where this lake is :-)

  25. Posted December 30, 2010 at 4:47 am by Celine Linteau | Permalink

    Finally, an HDR photo site that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.

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