HDR photography (high dynamic range) - 68 photos

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Photos processed with HDR and "tone mapping", e.g. using Photomatix.

See also related series: TT-HDR - True Tone 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 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 I use the default setting and I increase the color saturation value in the Tone Mapping dialog. I then save the resulting tone-mapped image in TIFF format.

- 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).

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shipwreck in storm, burning man, clouds, la llorona, pier 2, ship, shipwreck, storm, stormy sky
the shipwreck (HDR) - burning man 2012, art installation, burning man, gallion, la llorona, shipwreck
jumping from a fallen tree in redwood forest, big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, jump shot, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
hiker on tree stump - redwood forest (vantana wilderness), big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, standing, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
hiker climbing on a fallen redwood tree (vantana wilderness), big sur, burned tree, burnt tree, climbing, fallen tree, forest, hiking, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, standing, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
shredded redwood tree trunk (vantana wilderness), big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness
tree hugger - women hugging a fallen redwood tree, backpack, backpacking, big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, hugging, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, standing, tree log, tree trunk, treehugging, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
fallen redwood tree on trail (vantana wilderness), backpack, backpacking, big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
fallen redwood tree (vantana wilderness), backpack, backpacking, big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, resting, sequoia sempervirens, sitting, tree bridge, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
hiker crossing a fallen tree bridge (vantana wilderness), backpack, backpacking, big sur, fallen tree, forest, hiking, pine ridge trail, redwood tree, sequoia sempervirens, tree bridge, tree trunk, trekking, vantana wilderness, woman
lone joshua tree in the desert (california), clouds, cloudy sky, death valley, joshua tree, sand, yucca brevifolia
joshua tree - california desert, clouds, cloudy sky, death valley, joshua tree, sand, yucca brevifolia
sewu - buddhist temple ruins, archaeology, buddhism, buddhist temple, candi sewu, indonesia, jogja, ruins, yogyakarta
sewu - ruins of buddhist temple, archaeology, buddhism, buddhist temple, candi sewu, indonesia, jogja, ruins, yogyakarta
sewu buddhist temple - yogyakarta (java), archaeology, buddhism, buddhist temple, candi sewu, indonesia, jogja, ruins, yogyakarta
candi sewu temple, archaeology, architecture, buddhism, buddhist temple, candi sewu, indonesia, jogja, ruins, yogyakarta
sewu buddhist temple, archaeology, buddhism, buddhist temple, candi sewu, indonesia, jogja, ruins, yogyakarta
prambanan temple towers (java), archaeology, candi prambanan, hindu temple, hinduism, indonesia, jogja, ruins, trimurti, yogyakarta
prambanan hindu temple - jogja (java), archaeology, candi prambanan, hindu temple, hinduism, indonesia, jogja, ruins, trimurti, yogyakarta
prambanan - shiva temple, archaeology, candi prambanan, candi shiva mahadeva, hindu temple, hinduism, indonesia, jogja, ruins, trimurti, yogyakarta
prambanan candi shiva mahadeva, archaeology, candi prambanan, candi shiva mahadeva, hindu temple, hinduism, indonesia, jogja, ruins, trimurti, yogyakarta
prambanan temple (java), archaeology, candi prambanan, candi shiva mahadeva, hindu temple, hinduism, indonesia, jogja, ruins, trimurti, yogyakarta
prambanan hindu temple (java), archaeology, candi prambanan, hindu temple, hinduism, indonesia, jogja, ruins, trimurti, yogyakarta
shipwreck on kelambu beach, boat, borneo, clouds, cloudy, dog, fiberglass hull, islet, kelambu beach, kelambu island, malaysia, sand, seashore, ship, shipwreck, vessel
shipwreck on the beach, boat, borneo, bow, clouds, cloudy, kelambu beach, malaysia, rain forest, sand, seashore, ship, shipwreck, vessel
tip of borneo - tanjung simpang mengayau, backlight, cape, clouds, malaysia, men, rock, rocky, seashore, tanjung simpang mengayau, tide pools, tip of borneo
logging truck - tree logs, borneo, deforestation, environment, logging camp, logging truck, lorry, malaysia, rain forest, road, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, trucks, vanishing point
wheel loader with logging fork moving tree logs, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
wheel loader moving tree logs, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
caterpillar 966C with logging fork moving tree logs, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
caterpillar wheel loader moving tree logs, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
moving tree logs - caterpillar 966C with logging fork, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
caterpillar 966C carrying tropical tree logs, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
caterpillar 966C unloading logging truck, at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, logging truck, lorry, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, wheel loader, working, yellow
logging forks on wheel loader (borneo), at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, wheel loader, working, yellow
logging forks on wheel loader (borneo), at work, borneo, cat 966c, caterpillar 966c, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, front loader, logging camp, logging forks, malaysia, wheel loader, working, yellow
logging truck with huge logs of tropical trees (borneo), borneo, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, logging camp, logging truck, lorry, malaysia, rain forest, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks
logging truck (borneo), borneo, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, logging camp, logging truck, lorry, malaysia, man, rain forest, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, worker
stack of tree logs (borneo), borneo, deforestation, environment, logging camp, malaysia, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks, vanishing point
tree logs loaded on a logging barge, borneo, deforestation, environment, logging barge, logging camp, malaysia, river barge, tracked crane, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks
tree logs loaded on a logging barge, borneo, deforestation, environment, logging barge, logging camp, malaysia, muddy, river barge, tracked crane, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks
logging barge on muddy river, boat landing, borneo, clouds, cloudy sky, deforestation, environment, jungle, logging barge, malaysia, muddy river, rain forest, river barge, tow boat, tree logging, tree logs, tree trunks
muddy water pond (borneo), borneo, clouds, cloudy sky, jungle, lake, malaysia, muddy, pond, rain forest
gua niah - painted cave - niah national park (borneo), archaeology, backlight, borneo, cave formations, cave mouth, caving, concretions, gua niah, jungle, malaysia, natural cave, niah caves, niah painted cave, rain forest, speleothems, spelunking, stalactites
gua niah - niah caves (borneo), backlight, borneo, cave formations, caving, concretions, gua niah, malaysia, natural cave, niah caves, speleothems, spelunking, stalactites, traders cave
gua niah - niah caves (borneo), backlight, borneo, cave formations, cave mouth, caving, concretions, gua niah, jungle, malaysia, natural cave, niah caves, rain forest, speleothems, spelunking, stalactites
le louvre museum (paris), clouds, crowd, evrim bakışkan, jump shot, le louvre, paris, pyramid, spread legs, tourists, woman
natural cave - lou garagai - montagne sainte victoire (aix-en-provence), aix-en-provence, cave mouth, caving, france, garagai, hole, laurent, le gouffre, man, montagne sainte victoire, mountain, natural cave, spelunking
cardón cactus (argentina), argentina, argentine saguaro, big, cardon grande cactus, cardón, clouds, echinopsis atacamensis, echinopsis terscheckii, large, noroeste argentino
transmission tower and high voltage transmission power line, abra el acay, acay pass, altiplano, argentina, clouds, cloudy, electric line, electricity pylon, high voltage, noroeste argentino, power transmission lines, storm, stormy sky, transmission tower, wires
electric power line  - high voltage transmission line tower, abra el acay, acay pass, altiplano, argentina, clouds, cloudy, electric line, electricity pylon, high voltage, noroeste argentino, power transmission lines, storm, stormy sky, transmission tower, wires
calchaquí valleys - valles calchaquíes - cafayate (argentina) - HDR, argentina, cafayate, calchaquí valley, cliffs, clouds, mountains, noroeste argentino, rock, valles calchaquíes
calchaquí valleys - valles calchaquíes - cafayate (argentina) - HDR, argentina, cafayate, calchaquí valley, cliffs, clouds, mountains, noroeste argentino, rock, valles calchaquíes
electricity pylon and high voltage transmission power line, abra el acay, acay pass, altiplano, argentina, cloud, cloudy, electric line, electricity pylon, high voltage, noroeste argentino, power transmission lines, storm, stormy sky, transmission tower, wires
front of an old jeep - HDR, 4x4, a015904, all-terrain, argentina, bald tire, car grill, classic car, front bumper, grill guard, headlights, lorry, molinos, noroeste argentino, old, pickup truck, rusty, willy's jeep
the burning man at sunset - HDR - burning man 2009, burning man, clouds, the man, wooden sculpture, wooden truss
floating in the air - HDR, cristina, floating, flying, jump, jumper, jumpshot, man, woman
road grader - caterpillar CAT 14G (140G), at work, cat 14g, cat grader, caterpillar 140g, caterpillar 14g road grader, caterpillar road grader, groundwork, laos, motor grader, mud tires, road construction, roadworks, working, yellow
caterpillar CAT 14G (140G) grader - road construction (laos), at work, cat 14g, cat grader, caterpillar 140g, caterpillar 14g road grader, caterpillar road grader, engine, groundwork, laos, motor grader, mud tires, preparation, road construction, roadworks, working, yellow
caterpillar CAT E200B excavator - road construction (laos), at work, cat e200b, caterpillar e200b, dirt road, excavator, laos, mud, unpaved, working
candy kid spinning poi - how weird street faire (san francisco), kandi raver, poi, raver outfits, woman
zoey spinning poi - how weird street faire (san francisco), kandi raver, poi, raver outfits, woman
candy kid spinning poi - how weird street faire (san francisco), kandi raver, poi, raver outfits, woman
train tunnel entrances - petite ceinture - abandoned railway (paris, france), paris, railroad switch, railroad tracks, railway tracks, trespassing, tunnels
street performer with fishbowl on head (paris), african, ali, black man, bowl, fish, fishbowl, goldfish, head, juggler, paris, street performer
the old "massena" train station - petite ceinture - abandoned train station (paris, france), gare bd masséna, gare d’orléans-ceinture, gare massena, graffiti, paris, train station, trespassing
moffett field blimp hangar one (mountain view, california), blimp hangar, dirigible hangar, hangar 1, hangar one, moffett field, nasa ames research center, yurisnight
deux amies à paris, fatiya, paris, reane, réane, women