Another feature of my new Sony A55V camera is “HDR”, High Dynamic Range. The concept of this technique is to photograph the same scene at a number of different exposure levels, then blend them to get a picture with more range/detail than any one photo – bringing detail in to the shadow areas, without washing out all the bright areas.
Here is a single photo taken without HDR and with no editing; you can see that there’s not much detail in the sky, or in the shadows of the building:
Here is what the Sony took, with it’s HDR function active – it doesn’t look like the Sony does a very good job, and you can see “ghosts” of the moving people …
So finally, here is the first photo manually edited in Aperture; I brought up the shadows, then brushed in some darkening only of the sky – I prefer this version, without the ghosts!