To be honest, I had never heard of HDR (or HDRI) until the iPhone 4 came out. It wasn’t until today that I learned that the initials stand for high-dynamic-range imaging. The only reason I know now is because of my new favorite photo app – Dynamic Light.
Since I’m learning about HDR for the first time, I’m not going to try and explain it. According to Wikipedia:
High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.
Question: What do you get when you combine Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak? Answer: John Kenn. I tweeted a link to John Kenn’s site a few months ago, but he keeps posting more and more amazing artwork. His prolificacy is remarkable (especially considering he writes and directs TV shows for children and has a family).
I opened my eyes this morning to a pink light coming in my window. The sunrise blew me away so I rolled over and snapped a few shots. It happened to coincide with me downloading Instagram.
Instagram is a photo editing and sharing app for iPhone. It launched 3 months ago, and passed 1 million downloads just before Christmas. Instagram has a camera, but you can also import images and just use its editing capabilities (unlike Hipstamatic). Within the app you can connect to and follow your friends’ activity. The Web feed, along with RSS, is reportedly coming soon. Added bonus (at least for now), it’s free! Here’s a sampling of the filter options.