HDR photography by the experts

Following on in our series of HDR photography articles, (don’t forget to read Davide’s how-to guide for creating your own HDR images), we’ve put together a collection of some great  examples of HDR photography. HDR techniques are often used to dramatically change the appearance of an image, turning it more into a painting or picture rather than a photo sometimes. However, the best results are often found when using HDR more sparingly.   Enjoy looking through the photos below and don’t forget to click through to the photographer’s websites to see more excellent pics.

Shorncliffe Pier in HDR

Shorncliffe Pier in HDR

by Karl Muller

Photo details from Karl:

It was a rainy long weekend and I figured if it had to rain, I was going to use it somehow. I’d spent the afternoon walking around the forest getting bitten by leaches and came back with nothing, so took a second drive out to the coast.

I stopped at a smaller pier and got a few shots before making my way down to the Shorncliffe Pier in Brisbane, Australia (where I live). I’d taken a few shots of this pier when the rain started coming down. I was just about to pack up when the lights came on illuminating the puddles of water that had gathered along the wooden pier. I lined up the shot, set the camera to C3 – my custom HDR setting, then made it back to the car before the rain really came down, and this was the result.

Technical details: This shot is three bracketed photos shot with a Canon 7D and Canon 24-105 IS USM L and CPL. The three bracketed photos were shot in RAW format at F16 2.5 seconds, -2 at F16 0.6 seconds, and +2 at F16 and 10 seconds, at ISO 500. I have a custom setting (C3) on my 7D that I can switch to easily for HDR.

The three photos were then combined in Photomatix to create the final HDR image, with some minor adjustments in Photoshop.
Giant

Giant

by Daniel Cheong
Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 1.6
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 200

Freilichtmuseum Detmold 27

Freilichtmuseum Detmold 27

by Christian
Camera Canon EOS 500D
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture f/3.5
Focal Length 18 mm
ISO Speed 100

 

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

by Nelza Jamal
(Made use of an ND gradient filter)
Focal length: 11mm
Aperture: F16
Shutter speed: 8s
ISO:200

 

Shatter

Shatter

by Haxxatori
Camera Nikon D3100
RAYNOX DCR-250 Macro Adaptor
Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/25.0
Focal Length 85 mm
ISO Speed 200

 

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IMG_4241_2_3_fused

by Adam Connah
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture f/16.0
Focal Length 16 mm
ISO Speed 100

 

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

by James Van Collier
Camera Nikon D90
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/18.0
Focal Length 10 mm

 

Tour Eiffel

Tour Eiffel

by Christophe Correy

Photo taken with a Nikon D7000 and Tamron 70-300mm

 

Glittering Marina [4]

Glittering Marina [4]

by Daniel Cheong
Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 3
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 10.5 mm
ISO Speed 200

 

Iroquois Peak - Adk

Iroquois Peak – Adk

by Jenny Maccali
Camera Nikon D90
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture f/5.3
Focal Length 70 mm
ISO Speed 320
 Cellist & Violinist Performing in Traffic

Cellist & Violinist Performing in Traffic

by Anatoleya
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Exposure 4
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 24 mm
ISO Speed 100

Fort la Latte Bretagne

Fort la Latte Bretagne

by Andrea Zano
Camera Nikon D5000
Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/11.0
Focal Length 8 mm
Focal Length 8.2 mm
ISO Speed 400

 

Point Reyes - Abandoned Boat

Point Reyes – Abandoned Boat

by Davor Desancic
Camera Nikon D200
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
ISO Speed 100

 

Big Ben Fired up!

Big Ben Fired Up!

by Chris
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 127 mm
ISO Speed 100

Kasprowy Wierch, Poland

Kasprowy Wierch, Poland

by Joanna Pilch

 

URBEX-CHATEAU PEUPLIER

URBEX-CHATEAU PEUPLIER

by MC-URBEX
Camera Nikon D3100
Exposure 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 18 mm
ISO Speed 100

 

Limesicle Starchief

Limesicle Starchief

by Steve Sexton
Camera Canon EOS 60D
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/11.0
Focal Length 14 mm
ISO Speed 100
Rainforest Diver

Rainforest Diver

by Mohammad Husain
Camera Nikon D2X
Exposure 0.004 sec (84215/21053749)
Aperture f/9
Focal Length 105 mm
ISO Speed 250

1 thought on “HDR photography by the experts

  1. This selection of Daniel Cheong photos, but hating to be pedantics, this is not HDR…
    Manual merging in photoshop is often called DRI (Dynamic Range Increase) or digital blending.

    Just for the sake of correct termini usage.
    Cheers
    A

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