David_Marx_Photo_032811_2_3-Edit-Snowboarder Night Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort.jpg
A snowboarder enjoys night skiing beneath the stars at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana.
There are actually four shutter clicks at work here. First, I built a three frame High Dynamic Range composite to hold detail in the snow and sky. See http://bit.ly/1dFnD5N for a video tutorial on how I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CC to create HDR images. Once I had my background I added the snowboarder from another exposure of the same scene that I had shot at a faster shutter speed.
When I can get the image that I want out of a single frame I am very happy. But there are times in photography when you must combine multiple frames together because the range of available light is simply too extreme for the camera to record everything with a single shutter click.