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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Merano Panorama – Merano, Italy (HDR)

Before-and-after comparison of a stitched HDR panorama image showing a valley in South Tyrol, Italy near Merano with a blue sky and clouds

Merano Panorama – Merano, Italy (HDR) – Before and After (click to enlarge)

This is the before and after comparison of “Merano Panorama – Merano, Italy (HDR)“. The final image was created from 4×3 files (series of 4 autobracketed shots, +2, 0, -2ev) which you can see in the top three rows. These source shots were merged into 32-bit HDRs with Photomatix Pro 3.2 which where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. After the stitching, the resulting 32-bit HDR panorama was tone-mapped using the detail enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 3.2 (result to be seen in the middle). On the bottom row, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed here. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

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