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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Up! (HDR Vertorama)

Before-and-after comparison of an HDR Vertorama photo taken in Budapest: Up!

Up! (HDR Vertorama) – Before-and-after comparison (click to enlarge)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Up! (HDR Vertorama)“. The final image was created from 3×5 TIFF files (series of 3 autobracketed RAW images, +2, 0, -2ev that were converted to TIFFs using Abobe Camera RAW with the Five TIFFs method). You can see the 15 source images in the left three columns. These images were merged into 3 32-bit HDRs and tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro 4.0 (details enhancer option) using the same settings for each image. The resulting 3 16-bit TIF images where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. The result of the stitching, perspective correction, cropping, and retouching can be seen in the middle column. In the right column, 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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5 replies
  1. Hector Garza
    Hector Garza says:

    A fantastic piece of art.
    What else can I say since I’m your fanboy… it would be great if you could post a video recipe for this one as you have done before with other photos.

    Have a great weekend.

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Thanks Hector!

      I have not done any video recording on this one. Sorry! I will do that again on one of the next images. So stay tuned!
      Visit me at
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  2. rey alvarez
    rey alvarez says:

    I’m not sure if I count it correctly, but I only see 9 source images from your screenshot (3 images on each exposures +2, 0, -2).

    Nice work by the way.
    Thank you very much for posting your procedure.
    I love your work.


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