High Five (HDR)

Before-and-After comparison of 'High Five (HDR)' - See where this image comes from

Before-and -After

Special Features

Be sure to view the Before-and-After comparison, and watch the  Making-of video. The Pics-to-play-with feature will follow soon for this image. So stay tuned! I will be posting it in the coming days.

The story of this photo

This is a 6-exposure HDR image from inside the Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany. This building was built by the Romans around 200 AD. Today, it is a World Heritage Site. In the post-processing, I gave this image back some of the colors that the original building must have had.

The Making of 'High Five (HDR)' - Watch the whole process in time-lapse

Making-of video

It has been quite a while since I uploaded my last image. I hope, I have not lost too many of you due to this. I have been busy lately creating new content and new formats. For example, I have started a video tutorial series called Hands-on Photo Tips. I am also in the process of releasing more in-depth content in yet another format. I will tell you more on that soon.

I promise, I will be creating images more regularly now. For now, let’s start with a 4-in-1 feature: Over the week, I will also be posting a Before-and-After comparison, a Making-of video, and a Pics-to-play-with feature for this image.

How it was shot

High Five (HDR) - Dynamic Before-and-After - Blend the original photo and the final image using a simple slider

High Five (HDR) – Dynamic Before-and-After – Blend the original photo and the final image using a simple slider

How it was tonemapped

  • CA reduction and white balance correction on all source exposures in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Saved the 6 images as TIFFs
  • Created two additional exposures in ACR to get all the details in the highlights and in the shadows [details]
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
  • Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix (Details Enhancer option)

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust to get back the details and the colors [details]
  • Topaz Infocus (sharpening – not on the windows)
  • Levels layer on the windows (more contrast)
  • Photo filter layer on the floor to get back the original color (red)
  • Levels layer on the floor (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the floor (master)
  • Levels layer on the bowl (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the bowl (master)
  • Saturation layers on the pillars/arches and the border (desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the pillars/arches and the border (more contrast)
  • Levels layer on the walls (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the walls (yellows, master)
  • Levels layer on some areas around the windows to reduce the glare
  • Global Levels and Saturation layers for tuning the overall colors and contrast
  • Some retouching to remove litter
  • Slight vignetting [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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9 replies
  1. John conway
    John conway says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I have been engrossed in learning DWeaver and panos at the same time that I forgot why I do this. It’s about the beauty and you have reminded me. Thank you.

  2. Billy
    Billy says:

    My first post on a photography blog, but had to on this one…brilliant explanation and the bullet points make it so clear and efficient. Keep up the great work, and is your work anywhere else on the web and do you have any books or videos for sale?


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  2. […] High Five (HDR) – Klaus Herrmann gives so much back to the photography community, and this wonderful post really showcases this generosity.  Klaus captures, processes and shares this  photograph of a world heritage site that on its own is sure to take your breath away, but when included in the bigger context of the technical information he shares about how he processes his work this post takes on a much larger meaning.  He has promised to release a video soon on how this shot was created, so you may wish to revisit this post in the near future for those details. […]

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