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).

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

5 years 19 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.

5 years 19 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.



5 years 12 days ago

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

5 years 9 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!

4 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.