High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an image processing technique that combines multiple images, taken at varying exposures, to create an image with an extended range of luminance in the light and darks of a scene. I set my camera to capture three images of the same scene. First at a normal exposure, then each of 2 stops over or under exposed from the normal (shown above). Then using software designed to create HDR images, I was able to tone map the image to my liking.
You will find a range of attitudes toward this type of processing. Often the effect can create very surreal looking photographs that stray too far from the original scene. I’m not professional when it comes to HDR, so my technique may or may not be liked by other photographers and critics, but as of today, it’s what I liked. Have at it!