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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary (HDR)

Before-and-after comparison of an HDR image showing the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary at night

Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary (HDR) – Before and After (click to enlarge)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary (HDR)“. In the top row, you see the original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 3-shot autobracketing series with 0, -2 and +2 ev. On the left side on the bottom row, 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 4.0. And finally, the right side of the bottom row shows 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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3 replies
  1. Paul
    Paul says:

    Hi Klaus Great shot. What time was this taken dusk or was it pitch black? Currently having a problem with night HDR and thinking dusk would be a better tie to shoot given the opportunity. Lastly do you think any further benefit could have been gained by shooting 5 frames rather than three? Cheers

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Paul,

      this was at dusk. You should not wait until its dark in this situations. Otherwise the sky would have been almost black. I don’t think 5 shots would have brought any gain here. It always depends on the situation. Three is enough most of the time. But if you have the chance to shoot 5, do it. You can always leave out shots afterwards.


      • Paul
        Paul says:

        Thanks Klaus for your comments and a very Happy Christmas to you and your Family. You’ll have to visit England one day for a photo shoot.


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