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HDR Imaging

HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range”.  It is a process that is relatively new, where you take 2 or more exposures at different stops of the same scene, and combine them.  Typically, you use 3 exposures…one under-exposed, one over-exposed, and one properly exposed.  You then merge these three images into one image, giving you an impossible range of tonality in the final image.

Here’s a couple examples I have been playing with using HDR imaging:

3 exposures at 0.3 EV stops

3 exposures at 0.3 EV stops

You can see that there is a HUGE range of tones in this image.  Impossible to achieve with a single exposure.

3 exposures at 0.7 EV stops.  Converted to greyscale.

3 exposures at 0.7 EV stops. Converted to greyscale.

This one uses the same process of merging 3 different exposures, but I later converted the final image to greyscale as it looked “cleaner” to my eye.

I’m fairly excited about what can be done using HDR imaging.  Very neat process, though I, admittedly, still favor a “real photo” to a heavily processed HDR image.  But still…the beauty and surrealism of an HDR image is really tough to ignore…

Thanks for looking!!

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One response

  1. Great photos! I really like them. I’ve been fooling around with HDR too, but so far have only adjusted existing photos with brightness, then generationg HDR and tonemapping using Photomaticx. Good luck with your photography. =Paul

    March 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm

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