I tried my hand at still life photography this weekend. My grandfather was a pharmacist and his vintage apothecary memorabilia (circa 1914) was a perfect match for HDR photography. I was surprised to discover that setting the scene was more complex and time consuming than the actual photography plus post-processing. I have renewed respect and awe for fine art photographers like Twitter followers Alexia Sinclair and Viveca Koh who are masters of scene creation and photography.
It took considerable time to decide which props to use, how to aesthetically arrange them and how to light the scene effectively. I wanted a chiaroscuro look with strong lighting and shadow. Given the set up was highly controlled, I was eager to try both a simple 3-exposure HDR and a multi-exposure—up to 13 shots. The shadow and details are deeper in the multi-exposure shots, while the 3-exposure HDRs are softer. Which do you like better?
Below are a couple examples I particularly like. Please see my full set on Flickr to compare exposures and review the EXIF data.