High Dynamic Range Imaging of simply HDR is a technique that allows a greater dynamic range between the brightest and darkest areas of an image compared to regular photography methods. The usage of HDR causes a higher contrast and provides lighting effects in photos, causing them to look better and sometimes, a little unreal. The processing of HDR captures everything from dark shadows to bright highlights and combines all this into a single photo.
In a more detailed explanation, A HDR consists of two or more separate exposures, taken at several exposure levels to capture the dynamic range that our eyes can see but the camera cannot. HDR is widely used by professional photographers due to the fact that digital cameras can only capture latitude of approximately six stops. When there is a strong contrast in a scene, the camera meter will only allow the exposure to the highlights, or the shadows, but not both. Processing a photo via HDR techniques allows photographers to capture the full range of the scene without taking away any extreme highlights or shadows.
HDR becomes a real advantage when capturing scenes that are difficult for the photographer to capture in terms of contrast. For example, indoor photos with minimal light or early morning and late evening outdoor photography when the lack of sunlight makes it hard to capture a single good shot.
After several photos are captured, the images are then merged with any design or photography software like Adobe Photoshop or Photomatix. There are actually many design packages that can combine these images.
High Dynamic Range can turn simple and seemingly normal pictures and sceneries into beautiful and stunning masterpieces. The use of HDR allows the photo editor to highlight certain elements in the original photo that is captured.
Below are a collection of beautiful HDR photos captured and edited by various photographers. We hope this collection will let you see normal sceneries and things in a different way, and leave you awestruck at how simple things can be just simply beautiful. As for all you professional photographers out there, we hope this collection will inspire you to come up with your own collection of beautiful HDR photos. Enjoy!
A photo taken under a railway track which beautifully emphasizes the tracks and the blue sky.
A natural photo of the riverbank.
A photo of the roof design at the Lincoln Cathedral.
Blue skies and a blue sea.
A beautiful lit hallway.
A classy photo depicting two classic styled buildings.
A photo of a river during the winter.
An almost unreal yet stunning photo depicting a park.
Beautiful photo taken at the tip of mount Fuji.
A photo highlighting the beautiful colours of a traditional building.
A classic styled photo of a farming machinery.
A hallway with the exit down below.
Cars streaming across a busy crossroad.
A beautiful shot which depicts the beauty of Stonehenge.
The photo brings out the colours of the building.
An old boat looks better after the editing of HDR.
A beautiful cemetery, as opposed to the scary ones we normally see.
A photo that highlights the lake by taking out the colour of the sky and riverbank.
All the colours of a river in one photo.
A seemingly plain building looks stunning after HDR processing.
Rain is going to pour over these ancient buildings soon.
The underside of a bridge.
HDR highlights the colour of this building.
A photo looking into the church hall.
A very beautiful picture of rocks and the sky.
A blur photo which depicts the lighting of buildings.
This simple place looks more amazing after the effect of HDR.
Emphasis is put on the sky and the weirdly shaped building.
Beautifully edited picture which highlights the colour of the temple.
The aftermath of a storm.
The editing makes this building look that much creepier.
Cars speeding across the bridge during the sunrise.
Blue skies above a brown orange sunset.
Sunset by the lake.
Orange coloured skies match with the colours of the bulding lights.
Rusty and old stuff are beautiful too.
Rocks by the beach.
An empty street emphasising on the sunrise.
Notre Dame and the visitors strolling along.
A church looking eerily lighted up.
A scary looking sky over the Cathedral.