HDR Pics to play with: Into the Open

Into the Open - Pics to play with - Download the source files of this HDR image, test your post-processing skills and share your results in the comments below.

Into the Open – Pics to play with – Download the source files of this HDR image and test your post-processing skills and share your results in the comments below.

This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘Into the Open (HDR)‘. The ZIP archive for this ppw feature is 209 MB large. Make sure you read the information in Read This First.txt (included in the archive).

Download the archive (~209 MB)

Image Information

  • Taken with a tripod
  • Twelve exposures (shutter speeds: 30s to 1/60s)
  • Manual bracketing
  • Camera: Nikon D7000
  • Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO 100

Below, you find the details for the photos in the archive. Each photo is provided as a TIFF file.

Image file Shutter speed
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 01.tif 30 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 02.tif 15 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 03.tif 8 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 04.tif 4 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 05.tif 2 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 06.tif 1 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 07.tif 1/2 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 08.tif 1/4 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 09.tif 1/8 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 10.tif 1/15 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 11.tif 1/30 s
Into the Open (HDR) – ppw – 12.tif 1/60 s
Hands-on Photo Tip: Creating Truly Realistic HDR Images with Adobe Camera Raw

Watch this video tutorial to see what I did with the source photos to achieve the end result.

Processing Information

The original twelve RAW files where pre-processed and converted to TIFFs in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) in the following way:

  • The CA (Chromatic Aberration) was removed
  • The color temperature (white balance) and tint was set to the same value for all images
  • Sharpening and noise reduction was turned off (all sliders to zero)
  • The lens distortion was removed based on the built-in profile for the Nikkor lens
  • All other settings were kept at their default values

The images where exported from ACR as 8-bit TIFFs, and they were watermarked in Photoshop.

No 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 image page to get information on my personal workflow for this image. It may serve as a starting point.

NOTE: The source images do contain some noise. Noise reduction was turned off in the Raw converter software to give you images that are as unaltered as possible. I recommend that you apply some NR before you merge the images into and HDR or in your HDR software when you’re merging them.

Additional Resources

You can find my final version and additional information like before-and-after comparisons at the image page.

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

Share the result of you post-processing work (your final image) online wherever you like. Make it publicly accessible. No login or membership of any sort should be required to view it. Then, post a comment below and include a link to your version. Feel free to explain what you did to the image.

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7 replies
  1. Patrick Kavanagh
    Patrick Kavanagh says:

    Hi Klaus,

    I am surprised that nobody has talked about the bowling alley in the middle of the picture. I could see it when I squinted my eyes so I brought it out!!!!


    This is a composite of a few items I found on Google Images, specifically the bowling alley, bowling ball, chalk board and the Klaus Bowling lettering was made using a Coca Cola lettering generator on the internet.

    This was generated from 4 images run through HDREfex.I did not like the lighting of the original image since the two outside lights contained different light values casting different colors on the walls. My solution was to copy the right half of the image and flip it over on the other side making identical 1/2 images. I did however do some cloning of one half over the other just to make some variations in the two sides…..there was even a cigarette butt on the floor that I had cloned out because it drove me nuts.

    I did quite a bit of masking of the interior as well as the added images in the picture. I kind of lucked out with the lighting on the bowling alley, frame and bowling ball with little added tweaks. Shadows were added behind the ball and frame.

    Thanks Klaus for the images….a good challenge in evaluating an image and making changes.

    Pat in Alberta Canada!

  2. Paul Mack
    Paul Mack says:

    A very enjoyable exercise Klaus.I denoised each image seperately and then I used 32bit Float in Adobe Raw like you showed us…it works flawlessly and gives cleaner results(slightly)than Photomatix.Both ways are very good though.Used Topaz Clarity(micro)and added a couple of Alien Skin filters to try and get a more organic look.Everything else was done in Adobe Raw.

    Thanks again…Paul



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