I think you should have read how to produce an hdr image and then go out and take some, not vice versa First off, hand holding for an hdr shot is basically a big no-no as even the slightest movement will result in blurry shots if merged or possible countless hours spent masking out for perfect alignment. To answer your second question 99/100 times you do not want to change the focus (certain situations/end photos in mind change this but don't worry about it now).
Here's what i suggest doing:
First, get your camera on a tripod (remote is possible) and set up for your shot. Lock in your focus, aperture, shutter speed, iso, WB, etc and once everything is locked in place turn everything to manual mode; we don't want the camera changing around all the settings we just made! Now depending what camera you are using (although i'm pretty certain that most modern day dSLR's have this) you want to have either auto-bracketing mode on (1 full stop works fine for me) or doing your own bracketed images (what i like doing most). When using auto-bracketing i'd suggest changing your camera's shutter drive to take multiple photos as you hold the shutter down
So again, with all your setting on Manual (including your AF!) you can now change your focus spot to the foreground and have the camera take an exposure reading. Only adjust the shutter speed to properly expose the foreground. Do the same for middle/background or as necessary. You want to capture data from each photo that would normally be absent (shadows/highlights) then later you will compile using hdr. Sometimes this can be done in two photos or i've seen as many as seven used to make up a single image.
Now that you have your shots put em into your program and watch it do it's magic! It will pulling missing data from the appropriate photos to properly fulfill the High Dynamic Range of data. Everyone has their different ways of doing an hdr image and a different way of thinking how one should look, but that's what i do
Unfortunately i'm seeing nothing in your photos that represents hdr; uneven lighting, 'flat' images, missing detail in shadows. However, there is no blown out highlights so that's something good! Landscape photography offers great subject matter for hdr images and i really like the scenery you choose for your photos! Now get back out there and try it again! (Also, if you didn't understand things i've been saying you should really get out that owner's manual and get to reading through it)
jonny5000 wrote in post #11906987
I'm not very familiar with producing HDR images, but these don't even look like HDR.
Good!! For me, a superb HDR image is one that truly represents what the human eye sees. Or as i dare to call it, a "normal" photo