Washington Post HDR Photo Draws Strong Reaction

© Paul Mozell — On Friday, January 13, the Washington Post published a photograph that utilized the technique called HDR – or High Dynamic Range. Click to see the story. Many readers of the newspaper reacted strongly to the image of a bridge over the Potomac River that was the scene of a dramatic airline crash 30 years ago. HDR combines several exposures of

(Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

one scene to create a final image that has an expanded range of dark to light values in the photograph. Supporters say that HDR merely brings the photographic reproduction closer to what is seen by the human eye. Those opposed to the use of HDR say that it introduces an unreal element to the reporting of a moment in time. Do you think that HDR has a place in photojournalism?

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