HDR Pics to play with: Chain Bridge


Download the source exposures of this HDR image and test yor processing skills.

Download the source exposures of this HDR image and test yor processing skills.

This ‘HDR Pics to play with’ archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary (HDR)‘.

Below is the ZIP archive with the images. Make sure you read the information in Read This First.txt (included in the archive).

Pics to play with – Chain Bridge – by farbspiel-photo.com.zip

Image Information

The five images in the archive consist of three original exposures and two additional, artificial exposures (see Creating 32-bit HDRs the Right Way). Below, you find the details for each of the images:

Chain Bridge – ppw – 01.tif

  • Artificial +4EV exposure, created in Adobe Camera RAW
  • Exposure value: +4EV
  • Shutter speed equivalent: 100s

Chain Bridge – ppw – 02.tif

  • Original source exposure
  • Exposure value: +2EV
  • Shutter speed: 25s

Chain Bridge – ppw – 03.tif

  • Original source exposure
  • Exposure value: 0EV
  • Shutter speed: 6s

Chain Bridge – ppw – 04.tif

  • Original source exposure
  • Exposure value: -2EV
  • Shutter speed: 1.6s

Chain Bridge – ppw – 05.tif

  • Artificial -4EV exposure, created in Adobe Camera RAW
  • Exposure value: -4EV
  • Shutter speed equivalent: 0.4s

Processing Information

The images have been pre-processed in the following way: The original three RAW files where converted to TIFFs in Adobe Camera RAW with the default settings.

The CA (Chromatic Aberration) was removed (see Correcting Chromatic Aberration for details). Therefore, you should turn off CA reduction in your HDR software. Alignment is also not necessary as the images are already aligned.

Two additional exposures with -4EV and +4EV were created in Abode Camera RAW to cover the widest possible dynamic range (see Creating 32-bit HDRs the Right Way for details).

The images where saves as TIFFs and watermarked in Photoshop.

No noise reduction or any additional processing was applied.

Processing Tips

Use the source images as you feel appropriate. It is not strictly necessary to use all of them. Visit the photo page at to get information of my personal workflow for this image. It may serve as a starting point.

Additional Resources

A before-and-after comparison that includes the intermediate tone-mapped image is available for this HDR image .

Take a look at my HDR Cookbook for a lot of useful post-processing tips that may help you in improving your techniques.

Sharing Your Results

Go to the flickr HDR group and search for ‘HDR Pics to play with: Chain Bridge’. You will find a discussion thread where you can share your result and see and discuss the results of others. You may find additional versions at Google+. Try the same search term as above.

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12 replies
  1. Darlene
    Darlene says:

    Hey there, what I don’t understand is, if you shot this on tripod why would you not just shoot the REAL +4 and -4 images? I get that your camera doesn’t do 5 exposures in AEB but you have manual, why not just do those exposures manually? You’d get a better result from real exposures than faked ones. I do the faked thing for hand held, but tripod, there’s no reason not to shoot 5 for real. Can you explain the logic here?

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      You’re right, Darlene! In principle there is no reason.

      In this very case, however, I was in a bit of a hurry. Imagine me running up and down the river, trying to get as many good shots during the blue hour as possible? I just did not have the time to do everything manually. On this shot, I used autobracketing instead. Sometimes, you have to make a choice.

      I hope that explains it.

      • Darlene
        Darlene says:

        Yeah that explains it and I totally get chasing the blue hour. I might choose my spots with more scrutiny though so as not to be running around so much and just shoot less angles. But that’s just me.

        • farbspiel
          farbspiel says:

          Usually, I choose my spots ahead of time too. But, on this occasion I rushed from the airport to the hotel and then to the river just to catch the blue hour. The first spot I chose seemed promissing but turned out not to produce very good shots. Then I made a decision to run to this bridge and got there almost too late. So this was actually plan B.

          A plan is a great thing… as long as it works. 🙂

          I hope you’re having a great start to the week, Darlene!

          • Darlene
            Darlene says:

            How’s my week? Well let’s see, I spent 5 hours on Saturday in two Mac stores having my laptop issue diagnosed as hard drive failure, and getting a new one put in. Other than the stress of all that, I’m back up and running so I guess all is well.

  2. vivek kumar
    vivek kumar says:

    Hi Farbs,
    Hope I am calling you right name.I am new to HDR world and DSLR photography but I am trying to improve upon my photographic skill and more on post processing.I have lot’s of question regarding post processing but I would keep them right now for my next email until I hear back from you.By the way you have amazing skills and I really appreciate the detail way you have explained the post processing thing.It had answered many of my questions but still some are still there which I will ask you.You can visit my flickr website and see where I can improve my photography post processessing and let me know through email.I know you are busy person but I also know you do reply for every post on your website.I love your hdr processing your budapest bridge picture is my far the best favorites on flickr.I want to reach upto that level of proficiency in post processing.

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Vivek,

      you have some nice cityscapes in your flickr stream. Some of them are a bit overdone for my personal taste, though.

      If you have a specific question, feel free to ask. Just make it as specific as possible so that I can really offer help.



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