Recently, Mike Connell, aka, TX Shooter, blogged about how you can use HDR as a background and blend in a portrait at the same place to create a stunning image. He really explains it quite well and I certainly recommend you check it out if you are interested. His post inspired me to blog about a similar thing I did while in Whistler this past January.
My wife Eileen and I traveled to Whistler with some friends, and we all wanted a decent group shot. In the village, there are the Olympic rings from the 2010 Winter Olympics. That makes a great shot, yes? However, I wanted the picture to look kind of nice and not just flat from my on-camera flash. So, I decided to take several brackets of the rings with no one in the picture and then one shot with everyone in the picture using the flash. In post-processing, I created the HDR shot without anyone in it and then I masked in all of us from the single group shot. I think it turned out quite nicely considering I don't have any kind of off-camera flash or anything like that. You can see the result below:
Give it a try sometime. I think you might like the results! Thanks again, Mike, for the post! And, thanks Doug, Tricia, Valerie and Theresa! We had a great time and let's do it again!