TT-HDR - true tone high dynamic range

Photos processed in True Tone HDR.­

Those are High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos processed to represent the scene as observed by the human eye, i.­e.­ without some of the surreal effects that can be obtained with "heavy" tone mapping of HDR images.­

See also related series: HDR Photography (High Dynamic Range).

I sometimes do HDR processing from a single RAW exposure, since my camera has about 6-stop dynamic range in RAW mode.­ This is the only possible way to do HDR when shooting a moving subject.­

For those wondering about the technical part, here is some information about my workflow for producing tone-mapped HDR images from a single RAW exposure:

- The RAW image is used to generate 3 images using exposure compensation with Photoshop using Adobe Camera Raw: -2EV, 0EV and +2EV.­ This allows to capture about the entire dynamic range stored in the RAW file.­ You could also use Lightroom to do that too, or any software than can process those RAW files.­ In my case, I need to first convert the RAW files into DNG format (using the standalone Adobe CameraRaw Converter) because the version of Camera Raw that I can use with my Photoshop is not compatible with the RAW format of my (recent) camera.­ But you don't need to go through the DNG step if you have the latest Adobe software.­

- The 3 images (-2EV, 0EV and +2EV) are then merged into one HDR image using Photomatix (you could also use Photoshop to do that).­ This is basically an automatic process with no parameters to adjust.­

- The HDR image is then processed with Tone Mapping to obtain a displayable image.­ I use Photomatix for the tone mapping.­ There are many knobs that can be adjusted, but in general, to get a True Tone realistic image, I use 25% to 50% intensity in the Tone Mapping dialog.­ I then save the resulting tone-mapped image in TIFF format.­

- If needed, I then correct Chromatic Aberrations using the free and automatic Photoshop plugin from Photoacute, which works very well most of the times.­

- I then use standard Photoshop layers to do the usual final adjustments (Level, Curve, Saturation, Color Balance).­

chai stall - preparing chai, boiling, chai stall, chai wallah, cooking, delhi, man, milk tea, paharganj, pot, sift, spice tea, stove, street food, street vendor, tea stall
chai wallah boiling chai, boiling, bubbles, bubbling, chai stall, chai wallah, cooking, delhi, man, milk tea, paharganj, pot, spice tea, stove, street food, street vendor, tea stall
dolomiti - gruppo monzoni vallaccia, alps, blue sky, climbing harness, clouds, dolomites, jump, jumpshot, man, monte paterno, mountain climbing, mountaineer, mountaineering, mountains, parco naturale dolomiti di sesto, rock climbing, self-portrait, selfie, summit, tristan savatier, via ferrata
grotto canyon - canyon walls, canyon walls, cliff, death valley, desert, grotto canyon, mountain, narrow, rock wall, slot canyon, stone
spinning double staff, dolores park, double staff, savanna, spinning, staffs, staves, turf, woman
savanna spinning double staff, blue sky, dolores park, double staff, savanna, spinning, staffs, staves, woman
sailing stone - death valley racetrack, cracked mud, death valley, desert, dry lake, dry mud, mountains, moving rock, racetrack playa, sailing stone, sliding rock, track
sailing stones on the racetrack (death valley), cracked mud, death valley, desert, dry lake, dry mud, mountains, moving rocks, racetrack playa, sailing stones, sliding rocks, tracks
KLR 650 on desert trail, death valley, desert, dirt road, dual-sport, fuel, gas, gasoline, honda, jerrycan, kawasaki, klr 650, motorbike touring, motorbikes, motorcycle touring, motorcycles, petrol, plastic can, unpaved, xr 350
street sign in the wild west, 1st, darwin, death valley, desert, dirt road, ghost town, library, nw, post, street sign, teakettles, unpaved
high heel platform shoes and little dog, black stockings, black tights, blue wall, dog collar, dog leash, eclair acuda bandersnatch, flower, glitter, high heel shoes, legs, little dog, pearls, platform shoes, san franciscopeople, small dog, woman
sunset fire dancing on ocean beach, dog, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, flame, man, nicky evers, night, ocean beach, sea, spinning fire, sunset
sunrise on mount semeru, clouds, gunung semeru, java, mount semeru, mountains, semeru volcano, smoke, summit, sun, sunrise, trekking
semeru volcano, clouds, gunung semeru, java, mount semeru, mountains, semeru volcano, smoke, summit, sunrise, trekking
sunrise over the clouds, clouds, gunung semeru, java, mount semeru, semeru volcano, summit, sunrise
trash on beach, beach, boats, environment, flores, garbage, labuan bajo, low tide, plastic trash, pollution, rubbish, seashore, shore
sunrise on mount batur, bali, batur volcano, gunung batur, mount batur, silhouettes, summit, sunrise
view from batur volcano at sunrise, agung volcano, bali, batur volcano, before sunrise, clouds, dawn, gunung abang, gunung agung, gunung batur, lake batur, lombok, mount abang, mount agung, mount batur, volcanoes
view from batur volcano at sunrise, agung volcano, bali, batur volcano, before sunrise, clouds, dawn, gunung abang, gunung agung, gunung batur, lake batur, lombok, long exposure, mount abang, mount agung, mount batur, night, volcanoes
smoke stacks from coal-burning power plant, coal fired, electricity, energy, environment, factory, industrial, java, paiton complex, pollution, power generation, power station, smoke stacks
coal conveyors and stockpile, coal fired, conveyors, electricity, energy, factory, heap, industrial, java, paiton complex, power generation, power station, stockpile
power plant - paiton complex (java), coal fired, electricity, energy, factory, industrial, java, paiton complex, power generation, power station
power plant - paiton complex (indonesia), coal fired, electricity, energy, factory, industrial, java, paiton complex, pipes, power generation, power station
coal-burning power plant, coal fired, electricity, energy, factory, heap, industrial, java, paiton complex, power generation, power station, smoke stack, stockpile
bromo volcano, batok volcano, bromo volcano, cloudy, couds, desert, gunung batok, gunung bromo, java, lautan pasir, sand, stratovolcano, tengger caldera, volcanic ash, volcanic cone
batok volcano in the tengger caldera, batok volcano, cloudy, couds, desert, gunung batok, java, lautan pasir, sand, stratovolcano, tengger caldera, volcanic ash, volcanic cone
turboprop engine & propeller, aircraft, atr-72-212a, atr-72-500, blue sky, clouds, flying, maswings, plane propeller, propeller blades, turboprop engine, turboprop propeller
yellow leaf, backlight, gunung mulu national park, jungle, leaf veins, plants, rain forest, yellow
jungle hut, abandoned, cabin, corrugated, decay, decaying, gunung mulu national park, house, hut, indigenous, jungle, metal panels, rain forest, ruins, rusted, rusty, stilts, wooden
flowers on tropical tree trunk - baccaurea, baccaurea courtallensis, flowers, frunk, gunung mulu national park, inflorescences, jungle, plants, rain forest, tree
cave formations - speleothems, cave formations, caving, concretions, gunung mulu national park, lang cave, natural cave, speleothems, spelunking
the mouth of deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, cave mouth, caving, deer cave, ferns, gunung mulu national park, jungle, natural cave, rain forest, spelunking, trees
giant ferns at the mouth of deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, cave mouth, caving, deer cave, ferns, gunung mulu national park, jungle, natural cave, plants, rain forest, spelunking, trees
deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, caving, deer cave, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, spelunking
deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, cave mouth, caving, deer cave, garden of eden, gunung mulu national park, jungle, natural cave, rain forest, spelunking, trees, water
deer cave and garden of eden - mulu (borneo), backlight, cave mouth, caving, deer cave, garden of eden, gunung mulu national park, jungle, natural cave, rain forest, spelunking, trees
deer cave mouth at garden of eden - mulu (borneo), backlight, cave mouth, caving, deer cave, garden of eden, gunung mulu national park, jungle, natural cave, pebbles, rain forest, reflection, spelunking, trees, water
natural cave shower in deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, caving, deer cave, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, shower, spelunking, water
deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, caving, deer cave, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, spelunking
deer cave, backlight, caving, deer cave, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, spelunking
deer cave - mulu (borneo), backlight, caving, deer cave, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, spelunking
deer cave entrance - mulu (borneo), backlight, cave mouth, caving, deer cave, ferns, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, plants, spelunking
security breach, airport perimeter, barbwire, breach, evening, fence grid, gunung mulu national park, hole, mulu airport, poles, security
water well in natural cave, caving, clearwater cave system, gunung mulu national park, natural cave, spelunking, turtle cave, water well
rock blades - mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, stone
happy to have reached the mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, man, peace sign, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, self-portrait, selfie, stone, tristan savatier, v-sign
mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, stone
mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, stone
the mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, hill, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, mountain, panorama, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, stitched, stone
mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, stone
mulu pinnacles (borneo), erosion, geology, gunung mulu national park, jungle, karst, karstic, limestone, pinnacles, rain forest, rock, stone
red leaf - macaranga, backlight, euphorbiaceae, glowing, gunung mulu national park, jungle, leaf veins, leaves, macaranga, plant, rain forest, red
plants growing on dead tree, dead tree, dead wood, decaying wood, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plants, rain forest
giant pill millipedes - sphaerotheriida - zephroniidae, arthropod, close-up, giant pill millipedes, gunung mulu national park, jungle, macro, myriapod, plant, rain forest, sphaerotheriida, zephroniidae
small river in the jungle, gunung mulu national park, jungle, melinau river, rain forest, sungai melinau, water
bird's nest fern - asplenium nidus, asplenium nidus, backlight, bird nest fern, bird's nest fern, glowing, gunung mulu national park, jungle, leaves, plant, rain forest, three
aerial roots, aerial roots, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plant, rain forest, tree trunk
ficus fig tree strangling another tree, ficus, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plant, rain forest, roots, strangler fig, tree, trunk
bamboo forest, backlight, bamboo forest, gunung mulu national park, plants, rain forest
bracket fungus on dead wood, dead wood, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plant, rain forest, shelf fungi, shelf fungus, shell fongi, shell fongus, tree fongus
buttress roots, buttress roots, climbing plants, creeper plants, gunung mulu national park, jungle, rain forest, tree roots, tree trunk
palm leaf, arecaceae, gunung mulu national park, jungle, leaves, palm, palmae, plant, rain forest
korthalsia palm leaves, flabellate, gunung mulu national park, jungle, korthalsia, leaves, palm, plant, rain forest
entangled trees, buttress roots, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plant, rain forest, tangled, tree trunks, trees
lianas on tree trunk, creepers, gunung mulu national park, jungle, lianas, plant, rain forest, tree trunk
strangler fig tree - ficus, climbing plants, creeper plants, ficus, gunung mulu national park, jungle, rain forest, strangler fig, tree roots, tree trunk
ficus - strangler fig tree, climbing plants, creeper plants, ficus, gunung mulu national park, jungle, lianas, rain forest, strangler fig, tree roots, tree trunk
psychotria - creeper vine, climbing plants, creeper plants, creeper vine, creepers, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plant, psychotria, rain forest, rubiaceae, tree trunk
squeezing trees, ficus, gunung mulu national park, jungle, plant, rain forest, strangler fig
monkey bridge over river, gunung mulu national park, jungle, melinau river, monkey bridge, pedestrian bridge, plant, rain forest, sungai melinau, suspension bridge, trekking
jungle bridge, cables, gunung mulu national park, jungle, knots, lumber, melinau river, pedestrian bridge, plants, rain forest, river bed, ropes, sungai melinau, suspension bridge, trees, trekking, vanishing point, water
boatmen pushing boat up the shallow waters of the melinau river - mulu (borneo), boatman, boatmen, gunung mulu national park, jungle, melinau river, men, plants, rain forest, river bed, river boat, rocks, shallow river, small boat, sungai melinau, trees, wading, water
pushing a boat in the shallow waters of the melinau river - mulu (borneo), boatman, boatmen, gunung mulu national park, jungle, melinau river, men, pebbles, plants, rain forest, river bed, river boat, rocks, shallow river, small boat, sungai melinau, trees, water, yellow boat
peaceful river, gunung mulu national park, jungle, melinau river, plants, rain forest, sungai melinau, trees, water
reflections in river water, gunung mulu national park, jungle, melinau river, plants, rain forest, reflections, sungai melinau, trees, water
small village near river (borneo), boat landing, houses, mangrove, mooring poles, rain forest, river boat, rowing boat, small boats, village, water
pedestrian bridge over a river, cococut palm, coconut tree, fishermen, lumber, mangrove, men, pedestrian bridge, rain forest, river, rusted, rusty, suspension bridge, water, wooden
floating cow head - water buffalo, cow nose, cow snout, ears, field, floating, grass, grassland, head, horns, turf, water buffalo
cow nose with grass - water buffalo, cow nose, cow snout, ears, field, grass, grassland, head, turf, water buffalo
kelambu tied island and tombolo, backlight, clouds, islet, kelambu beach, kelambu island, kelambu tombolo, lens flare, ocean, peninsula, rain forest, sand, sea, seashore, shoal, shore, sun, tidal sandbar, tied island
tide pools, cape, clouds, eroded, ocean, rock, rocky, sandstone, sea, seashore, shore, stone, tanjung simpang mengayau, tide pools, tip of borneo, trees
the tip of borneo - simpang mengayau cape, cape, cliff, clouds, erosion, ocean, rock, rocky, sandstone, sea, seashore, shore, stone, tanjung simpang mengayau, tide pools, tip of borneo, trees
liana loop, backlight, jungle, liana, loop, plants, rain forest, sepilok orang utan sanctuary, tree trunk
niah caves in the fog (borneo), backlight, cave formations, cave mouth, caving, concretions, fog, hazy, jungle, misty, natural cave, niah caves, rain forest, speleothems, spelunking, stalactites
niah caves, backlight, cave formations, cave mouth, caving, concretions, fog, hazy, jungle, misty, natural cave, niah caves, rain forest, speleothems, spelunking, stalactites
girl jumping at le louvre pyramid, alexis, blonde, clouds, crowd, jump shot, le louvre, museum, paris, pyramid, scarf, spread legs, tourists, woman
le louvre pyramid - paris, alexis, blonde, clouds, crowd, jump shot, le louvre, museum, paris, pyramid, scarf, spread legs, tourists, woman
tourist near the glass pyramid at le louvre museum (paris), clouds, crowd, fountain, jump shot, le louvre, museum, paris, pyramid, scarf, sophie, tourists, water, woman
happy tourists at le louvre museum (paris), clouds, crowd, fountain, hayley, jump shot, le louvre, museum, paris, pyramid, scarf, sophie, tourists, water, women
nubra valley - ladakh (india), backlight, clouds, ladakh, mountains, nubra valley, river bed, sand banks, sunset, thirit
abandoned factory (san francisco), abandoned factory, derelict, ducts, industrial, pipes, tags, tie's warehouse, trespassing