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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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(md5 checksum: 710aa46f66a11854d3c808d85831ab58)
- 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)
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.
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:
- You don’t need to align the images in your HDR software. They are already aligned.
- Also tell your HDR software not to reduce the chromatic aberration.
- If you see noise in the tonemapped image, try to apply a dedicated noise reduction software early in the process.
Check out the Dynamic Before-and-After comparison for this mage to see the effects of my post-processing work.
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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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