The new Canon EOS 50D is especially well suited for high dynamic range (HDR) photography with its 15.1 MP sensor, its Highlight Tone Priority mode and an array of very sharp lenses like the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.
I wanted this image to display as much detail as possible in the church’s beautiful exterior clapboard siding and scalloped trim. Merging three exposures (-1.5 EV, 0 EV, +1.5 EV) and tone-mapping in Photomatix Pro brought out a lot of hidden detail and converting the image to grayscale in Lightroom finished it off very nicely.
Metering a bright white structure against a cloudy sky was a challenge for the camera’s meter so I took several bracketed sets using various levels of exposure compensation until I got just the right three histograms. Exposure compensation and auto-exposure bracketing can now be set using the same screen on the EOS 50D, allowing a quick check of the overall exposure when combining both as I had.