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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).

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7 Responses to HDR Before and After: Closer to Heaven

  1. 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.

  2. Gary Guest says:

    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.



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

  4. Peter says:

    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!

    • farbspiel says:

      Hi Peter,

      thanks a lot for your kind feedback and for taking the time to watch the interview. I appreciate that a lot.

      I hope that you will find lots of useful information on my site. Feel free to comment and ask if anything is unclear. Have you downloaded the Photomatix trial yet? It’s free but applies a watermark. You will find out quickly if you want to buy it.


  5. Jane says:

    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.

    • farbspiel says:

      Hi Jane,

      I shoot in sRGB color space because this is easier to handle for web publishing. I wouldn’t say any color space is better. It just depends on how you primarily publish your work.


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