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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Harbor Entrance – La Goulette, Tunisia

Before-and-after comparison of an HDR image showing the entrance area of the harbour of La Goulette near Tunis, Tunisia

Harbor Entrance – La Goulette, Tunisia (HDR) – Before and After (click to enlarge)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Harbor Entrance – La Goulette, Tunisia (HDR)“. In the top row, you see the original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a standard 3-shot autobracketing series with +2, 0 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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4 replies
  1. Mark
    Mark says:

    Hello Klaus

    I wanted to say thanks for providing such detailed information about the techniques that you use. You’ve provided me with a brilliant roadmap and I am hoping that I’ll be able to arrive at some stunning photographs of my own. I still need to work on my basic techniques such as composition. I wondered if you have any thought on CS5 and its ability to replace Photomatix as a tone-mapping tool?

    Many thanks once again.

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Mark,

      thanks for your feedback! I hope my little recipes will help you create these stunning photographs.

      As for CS5: I am still using CS4. So I cannot comment on this. However, I have the impression that Photomatix is still number one and will remain there for quite a while simply because so many people are using it. I guess if Adobe has a better technology, the Photomatix guy will be able to catch up soon.


      • Mark
        Mark says:

        Hello Klaus

        Thank you for taking the time to reply. I notice that photomatix is available for full trial (with watermark) so I’ll put it up to some testing against CS5.

        Many thanks, keep up the good work.

  2. Stephane
    Stephane says:


    i don’t understand why the people are “clean”. Their position is like the 0ev picture; but normaly they should be blurred, no?


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