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HDR photography gallery - samples processed with easyHDR

HDR Timelapse

A Journey Into The Light - Rhodes Island

A Journey Into The Light - Rhodes Island

Posted by Leuteris Chart on Saturday, August 12, 2017


Rhodes island - HDR timelapse video created by Leuteris Chart with easyHDR.

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HDR Pictures - Multiple Exposures

Cannon, thumbnail

Cannon, thumbnail

Cannon, thumbnail

Cannon in Deia HDR photo

HDR photo taken in the mountain town of Deia. Mallorca, Spain.

The HDR sequence of photos was taken hand-held with a zoom lens at 18 mm focal length. EasyHDR automatically fixed lens distortion and chromatic aberrations (which is quite strong with this lens), then the photos were auto aligned. To get the dramatic look, the tone mapping settings similar to the 'dramatic-dark' preset were used. Also a 'BDMFILM BMPC to Rec 709' 3d LUT was used in easyHDR to further boost the colors. Look for free LUTs or paid LUT packs on the Internet, then import them to easyHDR and explore the new possibilities!

© Bartłomiej Okonek
Cap de Formentor, thumbnail

Cap de Formentor, thumbnail

Cap de Formentor, thumbnail

Cap de Formentor HDR photo

HDR photo taken at the Cap de Formentor. Mallorca, Spain.

The HDR sequence of photos was taken hand-held. An 8mm fish eye lens was perfect to catch the wide view, but unfortunatelly introduced strong distortion, causing the horizon to look too much curved (see the original 0 EV photo). EasyHDR did auto align the images and automatically reduced some tiny ghosting in the foreground. At the tone mapping stage, it was possible to correct the lens distortion and to rotate and crop the image. The purple lens flare was also removed with the clone/healing tool. Using the layers tool, the sky was selected with a gradient mask and processed with slightly different settings, mainly to apply different white balancing.

© Bartłomiej Okonek
Notre Dame, thumbnail

Notre Dame, thumbnail

Notre Dame, thumbnail

Notre Dame, thumbnail

Notre Dame, thumbnail

Paris, Notre Dame, HDR

Notre-Dame de Paris - HDR picture merged from 5 bracketed shots spanning from -1.3 to +1.3 EV.

This scene does not characterize with very high dynamic range (apart from the lights, which actually take just a fraction of the image). However, the HDR processing with easyHDR, of 5 differently exposed photos, allowed to improve the quality, by merging together the best exposed areas. The noise level has therefore been greatly lowered - especially in the sky and in the shadows. That allowed to boost the local contrasts and make the image look dramatic. The vignetting effect was also very helpful to achieve that.

The moving water was a major problem, but was easily overcome with automatic ghost removal. Also the lens distortion has been automatically corrected with easyHDR in order to straighthen the field of view.

The sky was processed with slightly different tone mapping settings than the rest of the photograph by using layers. That allowed to better tune the settings, depending on the different characteristics of those two areas.

© Frederic Schvartzman
Pond, thumbnail

Pond, thumbnail

Pond, thumbnail

Pond, HDR

A pond near Topacz Castle on the outskirts of Wrocław, Poland. Dramatic HDR clouds.

Three AEB shots spaced by 2EV, merged to HDR image and tone mapped with easyHDR. The sky was processed on a layer, with higher Local Contrast strength in order to make it more dramatic. The pier has also been processed on a different layer, in order to make it darker and therefore make it less distracting.

The photos were taken just after the sunset, when the shadows become dark and the sky is still very bright. In the 0 EV shot the sky is blown and the rest is too much underexposed to even try to brighten it with software. That would have brought out noise and color artifacts. Thanks to HDR photo processing, you can control the exposure level of the various areas of the photograph.

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© Bartłomiej Okonek
Cave, thumbnail

Cave, thumbnail

Cave, thumbnail

Cave, thumbnail

High Dynamic Range photo of a cave processed with easyHDR

Agia Sofia cave in Topolia gorge, Crete. Extreme dynamic range HDR photo.

Every High Dynamic Range 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, or are very noisy. The above result was achieved by combining 11 photos spanning 9EV, taken hand-held. The exposure settings were changed manually, no bracketing was used. EasyHDR aligned the shots and merged them to a HDR image.

© Bartłomiej Okonek
Mountains, thumbnail

Mountains, thumbnail

Mountains, thumbnail

HDR photo of mountains tone mapped with easyHDR

HDR photo of Mount Titlis, Switzerland.

Three photos taken hand-held, with auto exposure bracketing (AEB). They were loaded into easyHDR and aligned automatically. Chromatic aberration correction was also applied. The photos were combined into a HDR image that was finally tone mapped with settings similar to the easyHDR's "vivid-colors" preset.

The dyncamic range of this scene is not that high at all (see the 0 EV shot, which covers it entirely), but merging differently exposed photos and using HDR techniques, allows much more freedom when doing processing. Stacking (averaging several photos exposed with the same settings) would also do the trick, but you would need more such shots to achieve simialr pixel quality boost. The HDR generator takes the best exposed pixels to closely recreate the reality.

© Terence Tong
Cottage, thumbnail

Cottage, thumbnail

Cottage, thumbnail

HDR photo of an old cottage

Old cottage house in Kluki open-air museum, Poland. Wide field HDR picture, taken against the Sun.

Three photos taken without a tripod, using auto bracketing (AEB). They were loaded into easyHDR and auto aligned to correct for a tiny misalignment. Then, they were combined into a HDR image that was finally tone mapped. Settings similar to the "vivid-colors" preset were used. No further post-processing was applied.

It is a perfect example when HDR processing is really useful. The fish eye lens gives so wide view that there easily fit areas that are illuminated extremely differently - ranging from the deep shadows, up to the very bright clouds. With the HDRi technique, taking a photo straight against the Sun is also not a big deal. Of course it is the photographers decistion which part of the histogram to clip and therefore achieve the wanted, more realistic, or more dramatic result.

© Bartłomiej Okonek
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Drone real estate view, thumbnail

Drone real estate view, thumbnail

Real estate, drone, aerial HDR photo tone mapped with easyHDR

Real estate drone view HDR photo.

Three differently exposed photos were taken by a drone, but only tiny alignment correction was necessary (done automatically by easyHDR). Tone mapping was done with the vivid-colors preset and some subtle vignetting effect was added. As the last step, free-hand rotation and cropping was applied.

EasyHDR is useful in real-estate business, not only to process house interiors, but also for aerial photography that presents the estate's whereabouts to potential buyers in a neat, eye-catchy way.

© Chris Muller
Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław, thumbnail

Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław, thumbnail

Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław, thumbnail

HDR image of Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław processed with easyHDR

HDR sunset. Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław, Poland.

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 effect caused by waving water surface. A bird (left side of the 0 EV photo) was also removed. Tone mapping was done with default settings, resulting in this realistic HDR photograph.

© Bartłomiej Okonek
Chinese garden, thumbnail

Chinese garden, thumbnail

Chinese garden, thumbnail

HDR photo of a Chinese garden processed with easyHDR

HDR picture. 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 automatically and merged into a HDR image using the True-HDR method with "balanced" selectivity. Manual ghost removal was used to repair ghosting caused by the moving people and tree leafs.

© Bartłomiej Okonek
Cave, thumbnail

Cave, thumbnail

Cave, thumbnail

Cave, thumbnail

High Dynamic Range photo of a cave processed with easyHDR

Falkensteiner Höhle cave in southern Germany. Really, a high dynamic range image.

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
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Florence, thumbnail

Florence, thumbnail

HDR in Laurenziana courtyard tone mapped with easyHDR

HDR photo of courtyard at the Laurentian Library in Florence, Italy.

The goal was to achieve a very realistic result, bringing out the detail from the shadows, while keeping the sky blue. 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
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Arno river, thumbnail

Arno river, thumbnail

HDR photograph of a sunset over Arno river in Florence tone mapped with easyHDR

HDR sunset over the Arno river in Florence, Italy. View from Ponte Santa Trinita.

Three photos were taken without a tripod, so they must have been aligned with easyHDR 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 losing color saturation. Also the "Local contrast strength" was increased a bit to make the photo look more dramatic.

© Bartłomiej Okonek

Single RAW Photo Development

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Single RAW photo processed with easyHDR

Using HDR software to develop a single RAW photo. Path on Santorini island, Greece.

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

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Single JPG photo tone mapped with easyHDR

Using HDR software to enhance a single JPEG image. Path on Santorini island, Greece.

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

© Bartłomiej Okonek
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Single JPG image processed with easyHDR

HDR local contrast boosts details clearing the fog, better that simple global contrast.

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
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Single JPG photo of the Oriental Pearl building in Shanghai processed with easyHDR

Using HDR software to enhance a single JPEG image. Oriental Pearl tower in Shanghai, China.

In this example a single JPEG photo was enhanced using the HDR tone mapping parameters similar to the "dramatic-bright" preset. That allowed enhancing local details making the photo look more attractive and eye-catchy.

The tone mapping parameters were selected in a way to delicately boost the details. It's not a bad idea to push all your holiday photos through easyHDR's batch processing, applying such settings. The photos will definitely look better on prints or computer screens.

© Bartłomiej Okonek

More HDR sample photos (on flickr)

My HDR photo gallery
HDR photo gallery

Current easyHDR version
3.14.1   (March 7th 2020)