A High Dynamic Range image is created by combining these two exposures of the same scene I photographed above into one finished image shown below.

Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe, California, 2008

Taylor Creek High Dynamic Range / Digital Imaging

High Dynamic Range Imaging
is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and the darkest areas of an image to be recorded than standard digital imaging techniques, or photographic methods allow. This wider dynamic range more accurately represents the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, such as ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.