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As I mentioned yesterday, I've been spending a lot of time working through various HDR techniques at the moment, in preparation for next month's tutorial; and while the normal purpose of creating an HDR is to merge a range of bracketed exposures that cover a wide tonal range, there are other ways in which HDR software (e.g. Photomatix Pro) can be used. One technique I particularly like involves converting a single RAW file to generate a pseudo 32-bit HDR, which can then be subsequently tone mapped.

In light of this I spent some time going through my archives today looking for images to work with, and found two that I think work quite well. If you'd like to see the original (converted using the default settings in ACR), it's here:


As I hope you'll agree, this version has a bit more impact.

focal length
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shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
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RAW converter
1.57pm on 24/9/05
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
3x2 + HDR + people [portraiture] + urban
comment by cy at 08:17 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2008

this one has a lot more character. the color just seems as a grungy dude on a street. the other has a unique feel of being in the wrong area of the city, a sense of lost and fear.

comment by kate at 01:46 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

love today's! another great facial portrait with interesting hand detail.

comment by Jeremy Tscharke at 05:52 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

What an interesting fellow. You have captured him really well! Great contrast too!

comment by Abhijit at 06:53 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

This is a lovely image. You have captured an interesting expression! Your post processing techniques inspire me lots. I study your tutorials very sincerely;-)

comment by Lee at 07:42 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

Great street portrait! I love the tones, and the grittiness of the image. I think you really captured the subjects character.

comment by M a d . P h o t o . W o r l d at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

Guess its two different expressions, that you can really compare. If i should try - I like the original better and i think the original has a stronger impact. In this version he is "just" covered in contrast, but i guess it gets peoples attention.

comment by Tom at 03:06 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

Once again, a great use of HDR. I like these shots much more than the overprocessed HDRs from things like architecture or landscape. I guess it's the subtly.

comment by djn1 at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2008

Thanks all.

comment by Jasper at 10:10 AM (GMT) on 14 April, 2008

Definitely more impact!
Interessent how this HDR conversion creates more depth in his facial expression. Nice work!

comment by Caitlin Hopkins at 04:44 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2008

it's amazing to look at the two different versions. I love this shot

comment by JVL at 02:55 PM (GMT) on 15 April, 2008

I'm probably going to pick up your HDR techniques just to see your different methods of tone-mapping. I haven't used Photomatix Pro 3 yet, maybe they've improved the algorithms for a cleaner feel.
I've also been playing with lucisart, and Scott Kelby had an interesting quck link to it not long ago that is likely worth mention.

comment by Josef Renklint at 04:57 PM (GMT) on 15 April, 2008

Amazing portrait. I'm glad you posted it in (almost) b+w. Good job.

comment by aerial Footage at 10:19 AM (GMT) on 28 May, 2008

Really nice color decision. Though colors are colors, black and white is the best ;)