Having bought a nice new camera a month ago, I’ve been taking lots of pics. This morning I thought I’d try to do some HDR* photography. Basically, you take several shots with different exposures, then use software (such as the free version of Photomatix, which I just downloaded) to combine them. You can get some interesting effects.
Like this view of our house, looking rather surreal.
Or this more natural-looking one of the Hope farm, seen from our yard:
In any case you get more detail in a wider range of dark and light areas than you would in a single exposure. Of course, the full software gives you a lot more control (actually the first pic was done with the trial version of that, and therefore has a Photomatix watermark on it). But for $99, I’ll wait a bit and mess around with the freeware.
*Link takes you to Wikipedia. Beware: you can wind up wasting a lot of time.