HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)

Before-and-after comparison of a stitched HDR panorama image: Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)

Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama) – Before-and-After (click to enlarge)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)“. The final image was created from 10×3 TIFF files (10 series of 3 autobracketed RAW images that were converted to TIFFs using Abobe Camera RAW). You can see the 30 source images at the top. These images were merged into 10 32-bit HDRs and tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro 4.0 (details enhancer option) using the same settings for each image. The resulting 10 16-bit TIFF images where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. The result of the stitching, perspective correction, cropping, and retouching can be seen in he middle. At the bottom, 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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7 replies
  1. salf
    salf says:

    Dude, amazing!

    How on earth did you deal with ghosting?, there’s no way that you didn’t get movement in those people while taking all those pictures at 25s or 6s, but the end result they look pretty crisp, like thet didn’t move at all?!?!

  2. Daniel Horande
    Daniel Horande says:

    This is Very good Klaus! Just for curiosity, how long this image take you to do it?..

    i was wondering, im about to Upgrade my Body D200, but im between the D7000 and a D300s. I do lot of handheld, since there are many places here in US that if they see you with a big camera and a tripod, they come and tell you that “tripods are not allowed here”. This Country has a permanent scare of everything. Do you really not use Autobracket for handheld at all? or only 3 brackets are always enough for you?

    With the D200 i regularly shoot 7 or 9 exposures to have from -3 or -4 to +3 or +4.

    Any comment that could lead me into something good? hehe


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