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35 Fantastic HDR Images

      Applied carefully, High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) can create incredibly beautiful pictures which blur our sense of the difference between reality and illusion. In graphics HDR imaging is a set of techniques that allow a far greater dynamic range of exposures than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows.

      Applied carefully, High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) can create incredibly beautiful pictures which blur our sense of the difference between reality and illusion. In graphics HDR imaging is a set of techniques that allow a far greater dynamic range of exposures than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows. This is usually achieved by modifying photos with image processing software for tone-mapping. And the results can be really incredible; in fact, many artists and designers come up with some pretty fancy results.

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      This post covers 35 extremely beautiful and perfectly executed HDR-pictures. Some of them might look surreal, too colorful, even magic or fake, but they are not — keep in mind that they’ve all been developed out of usual photos, and not a single image is an illustration.

      Please notice:

      • the selection isn’t supposed to be complete which is why we encourage you to post links to further excellent HDR images in the comments to this post;
      • there is no ranking, all pictures have been selected due to their outstanding quality and excellent execution;
      • you can explore further works of the designers and photographers we’ve featured below by browsing through their sets on Flickr;
      • all screenshots are clickable and lead to the pages from which they’ve been taken.

      Fantastic HDR Pictures

      HDR images
      HDR images - Dranesville Tavern
      HDR Photos - untitled
      HDR Photos - A postcard for the Margarita island
      HDR Photos - One Night in Bangkok
      HDR Photos - Caracara takes off
      HDR Photos - Los Tres Magia
      HDR Photos - 871 @ Sattahip Naval Base (Thailand)
      HDR Photos - Golden Gate HDR
      HDR Photos - Inverted Vertigo
      HDR Photos - Helix Nebula Over Paris DRI
      HDR Photos - From above...
      HDR Photos - Catedral de Malaga 2 (HDR)
      HDR Photos - Sparkle in Her Eye - HDR
      HDR Photos - The Solitude of the Fisherman
      HDR Photos - Greece is the word...
      HDR Photos - My own peace of mind - HDR by *equinoxe7 on deviantART
      HDR Photos - Devil Hotel
      HDR Photos - Home_is_where_the_cello_is
      HDR Photos - The Veins of Bangkok
      HDR Photos - captured emotion
      HDR Photos - Heart of Satan - What it looks like when fireworks explode inside of a storm cloud over a river
      HDR Photos - Bridge
      HDR Photos - foggy wood (Published in March 08 National Geographic)
      HDR Photos - City at 60 degrees North / Icebreaker Krasin
      HDR Photos - Mistral Action
      HDR Photos - Breakwater @ Pirita
      HDR Photos - : Photo by Photographer Maciek Duczynski
      HDR Photos - A Mushroom with a view
      HDR Photos - ECO Lake
      HDR Photos - Icy Landscape
      HDR Photos - A cokin sunset
      HDR Photos - Clark Quay Reflected
      HDR Photos - I have sailed the seven seas ...
      HDR Photos - The Aliens Have Landed
      HDR Photos - City of lights
      HDR Photos - Flickr: Discussing Your Best HDR Sunrise or Sunset in HDR Unlimited

      Sources and Further Resources