The following photos were created using the trial version of Photomatix Pro.

Andy Bell - Reflection - HDR Portrait - Bannack

“Reflections”; February 10, 2012, 2:52pm; Bannack State Park, MT; f/8.0; 1/160; Canon T3i + Photomatix Pro + Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 (3 Shot HDR)

Holy cow, was I lucky to get this shot. I set up my camera to do automatic bracketing at 0, +2, and -2; and then set continuous shooting. When the moment was right, I held down the camera’s shutter until I heard it click three times. The lighting was all natural, so I didn’t have to worry about a flash or anything like that. The image needed few adjustments in Photomatix, but I did have to remove a little ghosting along the left-hand side of his face. Finally, I applied a little sharpening to his eyes in Photoshop. I’m pretty proud of this shot, even though it’s mostly pure luck that kept him still enough for me to get this.

And yes, this is the portrait HDR that Sister Esplin was talking about, except I cleaned it up a little more.

Andy Bell - The Schoolhouse - Single-Shot HDR - Bannack State Park

“Bannack Shoolhouse”; February 10, 2012, 4:07pm; Bannack State Park, MT; f/10.0; 1/250; Canon T3i + Photomatix Pro; Bracketed at -2

This is an HDR created from a single shot in Photomatix. I just let it do its thing and applied the painterly preset. And that was it!