HDR photography gallery - samples processed with easyHDR

HDR Photography - Multiple Exposures







HDR tone mapped with easyHDR

Three photos were taken without a tripod. They were loaded into easyHDR and manually aligned to correct for a tiny misalignment. Then they were combined into a HDR radiance map that was finally tone mapped. Settings similar to the "vivid-colors" preset were used. No further post-processing was applied.

© Bartłomiej Okonek






HDR tone mapped with easyHDR

A HDR sequence of 3 photos was taken with a tripod. Alignment was not necessary, but manual anti-ghosting was used to remove slight ghosting caused by waving water surface. A bird (left side of the 0 EV photo) was also removed. Tone mapping was done with default settings.

© Bartłomiej Okonek






HDR tone mapped with easyHDR

The Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou, China. Three photos (AEB sequence) were taken without a tripod. The images were loaded into easyHDR, aligned and merged into a High Dynamic Range radiance map using the True-HDR method with "balanced" selectivity. Manual ghost removal was used to repair ghosting caused by moving people and leafs.

© Bartłomiej Okonek








HDR tone mapped with easyHDR

Falkensteiner Höhle cave in southern Germany. Every scene like this is very hard to be properly photographed. If the cave's interior is to be visible on the photo, the view outside is overexposed. On the other hand, getting properly exposed exterior means that no details inside are visible. The above result was achieved by combining 4 photos to HDR using "Smart-Merge" method. The tone mapping parameters were default.

© M.E.Erb






HDR tone mapped with easyHDR

Courtyard at the Laurentian Library in Florence. The goal was to achieve a very realistic result. HDR image was generated using the True-HDR method with "normal" selectivity. Default tone mapping settings were changed a bit - gamma, saturation and local contrast's strength were slightly increased. Also the white clipping point was moved further right in order to preserve the detail in the clouds.

© Bartłomiej Okonek






HDR tone mapped with easyHDR

Sunset over the Arno river in Florence - view from Ponte Santa Trinita. Three photos were taken without a tripod, so they must have been aligned with easyHDR manual alignment tool before being merged together. True-HDR method with "Normal" selectivity was used to generate the HDR image, that was later tone mapped. The tone mapping settings were just slightly modified in respect to the defaults. The "compression" was slightly increased to make the photo a bit brighter, without loosing color saturation. Also the "Local contrast strength" was increased a bit to make the photo look more dramatic.

© Bartłomiej Okonek

Single RAW Photo Enhancement



Single RAW tone mapped with easyHDR

This example shows the advantages of using easyHDR on a single RAW photo. Digital camera records the same dynamic range of the scene regardless in what format it stores the image data - in JPEG or in RAW. However image in RAW format is better for further processing as it contains more detail.

When the camera writes JPEG it compresses the recorded 12-bit (or better) data to fit it into 8-bit per channel format. By doing this quantization losses occur and also typically some dynamic range is lost, because of the compression curve characteristics that is used.

The photo on the left is a JPEG as it is produced by the camera. On the right side there is a RAW photo after treatment with easyHDR. Note that there is much more detail in clouds.

The tone mapping settings were slightly changed in respect to the "Dramatic-bright" preset. The "shadows" setings was increased not to brighten the shadows too much, "highlights" was increased as well in order to make the clouds more dramatic. The "Local Contrast - strength" parameter was decreased so the image still looks very natural.

© Bartłomiej Okonek

Single JPEG Photo Enhancement



Single JPG tone mapped with easyHDR

EasyHDR and its tone mapping operators can also be used to enhance single JPEG photos. This photo, taken on Santorini island, is well exposed, but it was processed with easyHDR to make it look dramatic. The tone mapping parameters were different for the sky. In order to do so the "Layers" feature of easyHDR was used.

© Bartłomiej Okonek


Single JPG tone mapped with easyHDR

Pagodas near the Longmen Grottoes as seen from the other side of the river with 200 mm lens. It was a bit foggy, which completely spoiled the original photo. EasyHDR nicely removed the fog by enhancing the local contrasts and bringing out the real detail.

© Bartłomiej Okonek


Single JPG tone mapped with easyHDR

Oriental Pearl tower in Shanghai. In this example a single JPEG photo was enhanced using the tone mapping parameters similar to the "dramatic-bright" preset.

© Bartłomiej Okonek

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Current easyHDR version
3.7   (30.07.2015)