HDR Before and After - Closer to Heaven

HDR Before and After: Closer to Heaven

HDR Before and After - Closer to Heaven

Closer to Heaven (HDR) – Before-and-After comparison (click to enlarge, click with middle mouse button to open in new tab)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Closer to Heaven (HDR)“. On the left, you see the eight original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 8-shot manual exposure series with shutter speeds between 30s and 1/4s. In the middle, you see the result of merging those shots into a 32-bit HDR and subsequent tone-mapping using the detail enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 4.1. And finally, on the right side you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS5.

View the final result and read more information on the post-processing work here: Closer to Heaven (HDR).

$50,000+ in Photography Prizes
Enter at 5DayDeal.com to win cameras, computers, gadgets and a ton of photography education.
The biggest photography sale of the year will be on September 10-15 at 5DayDeal.com. Get an amazing bundle of photography education for a ridiculously low price.

Leave a reply

7 Comments on "HDR Before and After: Closer to Heaven"


Guest
3 years 30 days ago

That’s perfect. Just some good work on the sky and the minimalization of the streaks from taillights and the result is you have a perfect HDR photo, but not really HDR… just a true representation of how, in your mind, viewed the scene. Bravo and thank you.

Guest
3 years 30 days ago

Hi Klaus, Thanks for your wonderful information. In my latest picture on flickr I used quite a few ideas from your site. And thanks to your wonderful site the results are starting to show in my work. If you have a chance check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/68997256@N08/7642888448/in/photostream and let me know your thoughts.

Regards

gary

Guest
3 years 22 days ago

Thanks for the info on how you create these beautiful images!

Guest
Peter
3 years 19 days ago

Hi Klaus,
lovely image; discreet, understated. This is just the kind of HDR I want to learn how to do. Guess I need to bite the bullet and buy Photomatix. I just subscribed to Farbspiel (that would be “farvespil” to me(DK):) recently, after seeing you on TWIT Photo. As someone with the heart of a teacher, I wanna thank for your generosity and willingness to share and teach. Great stuff!

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Beautiful shot as always, I was wondering what colour space you use when shooting with your D7000, sRGB or Adobe RGB and which one was better to use.