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HDR Pics to play with: Big City Lights

Big City Lights - Pics to play with - Download the source files of this HDR image, test your post-processing skills and share your results in the comments below.

Big City Lights – Pics to play with – Download the source files of this HDR image, test your post-processing skills and share your results in the comments below.

This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘Big City Lights (HDR)‘. The ZIP archive for this ppw feature is 239 MB large. Make sure you read the information in Read This First.txt (included in the archive).

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Image Information

  • Taken with a tripod
  • Three original exposures (0, -2, +2 EV) autobracketed
  • Camera: Nikon D7000
  • Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO 100

Below, you find the details for the photos in the archive. Each photo is provided as a 16-bit TIFF file.

Image file Exposure value Shutter speed Type
Big City Lights – ppw – 01.tif -2 EV 2s original
Big City Lights – ppw – 02.tif 0 EV 8s original
Big City Lights – ppw – 03.tif +2 EV 30s original
Big City Lights – ppw – 04.tif +4 EV 120s artificial
(created form +2 EV exposure)

Processing Information

The images have been pre-processed in the following way:

  • The original three RAW files where converted to TIFFs in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) with the default settings.
  • The CA (Chromatic Aberration) was removed in ACR (see details).
  • One additional exposure with +4EV was created in Abode Camera RAW to cover the widest possible dynamic range (see details).
  • The images where saved from ACR as 16-bit TIFFs, and they were watermarked in Photoshop.
  • No additional processing was applied.

Processing Tips

Use the source images as you feel appropriate. It is not strictly necessary to use all of them. Visit the photo page at to get information on my personal workflow for this image. It may serve as a starting point. Here are some tips:

Additional Resources

Check out the Dynamic Before-and-After comparison for this mage to see the effects of my post-processing work.

Sharing Your Results

Share the result of you post-processing work (your final image) online wherever you like. Make it publicly accessible. No login or membership of any sort should be required to view it. Then, post a comment below and include a link to your version. Feel free to explain what you did to the image.

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26 Comments on "HDR Pics to play with: Big City Lights"


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Mustang Joe
1 year 11 months ago

Thanks again Klaus. Here’s my version of your image. I processed it with SNS HDR then took it into CS6 for noise reduction, contrast and a bit of masked saturation adjustment.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mustangjoe/8536688401/in/photostream/

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Kirk
1 year 11 months ago
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Tony
1 year 11 months ago

Hi Klaus,
I had fund working on this set of shots. Thanks for making them available.
I used Photomatix and decided to go with Fused instead of the Detail Enhancer.
After bringing the shot into CS-5 I used an array of curves and levels along with Nik Color Efex Pro to bring out detail in the areas I wanted. At the end it was just a matter of Noise Ninja for the sky and some sharpening and here I am posting.
Thanks again!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_d/8537340099/

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Eric B. Walker
1 year 11 months ago

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Eric B. Walker
1 year 11 months ago

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[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/premierehdr/8539552815/]Big City Lights (Not My Image)[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/premierehdr/]Eric B. Walker[/url], on Flickr