The ability in Lightroom4 to work with 32bit files from Photoshop’s “Merge to HDR Pro” function has all of a sudden made working with HDR files not feel so HDR-ish. You rescue detail from the highlights and pull detail up out of the shadows in the same way you would have with a single exposure. The big difference? The information available feels positively endless! Here’s a video that lays out the details in a straightforward manner and includes a wonderful example image.
It was a perfect day to visit the Herbert Glacier, so I did. There was no way to know if the light and sky would do what I hoped they would during the special time of transition between day and night, so I made the best I could with the light I had each moment that I was there. It was a good thing I didn’t wait. The Herbert River, as is natural for this time of year, was ferocious in its steeper sections. The dwarf fireweed plants, more surprisingly, were just on the edge of blooming. In the sun, it was pleasantly warm, but only in the sun. Like I said before, it was perfect.