The Church – 9-Exposure HDR Panorama


This is a 9-shot HDR panorama of the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto, Canada. I shot it before I was visiting the Royal Ontario Museum just across the street of this place. I saw it from the corner of my eye and decided to pay a quick visit to it before I entered the ROM. What I found was an open, entirely empty little church with all those beautiful yellow, orange and wooden tones.

And the moral of this story is: Always pay attention to what’s around you, even if you are on a mission.

I took quite a few photos there before I decided to shoot this HDR panorama. I did not have my tripod with me (shame on me). So I had to shoot this hand-held. Later, when I was back at my computer, I decided to process the HDR panorama instead of any of the other shots since it nicely portraits this place.

I included a full section about this image (including all the RAW source photos) in my The Ultimate HDR Master Class to demonstrate how this special type of image is created and for its challenging lighting and re-lighting in the editing stage.

As you can see in the before and after graphic below, most of the lighting was added in post-processing using the radial filter tool in Lightroom.

Making-of video

I have just posted a making of video for this image, that can be watched here.


Here’s graphic showing all the source photos, the HDR panorama right after stitching and the final image after all the editing done in Lightroom.


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