8 May, 2011

Best of HDR Before And After

Thanks for making our Interactive HDR Before and After so popular!

To celebrate, here is the first ever “Best Of” post that showcases some of the most interesting and dramatic HDR before and after comparisons.

If these are not some of your favorites, please let me know. Remember to check out the original posts by following the links below. You can find cool info about each shot as well as a technical breakdown (Technical Mumbo Jumbo) about the specific software and techniques used in the post processing.

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Best of HDR Before and After #1

Windows in Time

This HDR Photo was shot in Beautiful Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the original post and technical mumbo jumbo, Click Here.

Best of HDR Before and After #2

Meteora – High Up Above

This HDR Photo was shot in The mountain spires of Meteora, Greece. For the original post and technical mumbo jumbo, Click Here.

Best of HDR Before and After #3

Sunset Over The Burj Al Arab

This HDR Photo was shot in Dubai, UAE. For the original post and technical mumbo jumbo, Click Here.

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated an engaged social media following of nearly 2.5 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • http://thameraltassan.com Thamer Al-Tassan

    Excellent! I love the editing. How did you make these sliders? Please direct me to a tutorial if possible.

    Thank you…

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com blamethemonkey

      Thanks Thamer! — I have a web buddy that helps me out with all the technical mumbo jumbo, so I don’t really know. Mostly, I just break the web.

      • david e

        come on blamethemonkey……maybe your friend can make a few bucks from selling this “slider” thing…how can we contact him ?

        • bill johnson

          The before/after slider was created by catchmyfame.com

  • http://mayank-p.blogspot.com Mayank

    I have never been a big fan of HDR since they usually look so unreal. The work you show here is brilliant because one cant make the post processing. I am your new follower.

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com blamethemonkey

      Awesome Mayank! I’m happy to have you here!

  • Mike

    Now, this is the way HDR is supposed to be done. I wish more people could see this. Granted, if these were my images I would take down the color saturation a little, but that would be MY aesthetic choice.

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com blamethemonkey

      Hey Mike, thanks for the great compliment! — I’ve always been a huge fan of bold & vivid colors. I like to think it’s because I ‘actually’ see things that way. =) — Maybe someone will invent ‘histogram’ sun glasses that can give me a visual luminance reading wherever I go. Then I can compare real life to my HDR Post Processing. (and hey, while the inventors are working on that, maybe they can invent a ‘real life’ undo button too. That would be sweet.)

      • Mike

        Hey, bounced across this with stumbleupon again. You are welcome for the compliment. Looking at your work, I can tell that you labor at the images you make. When I see HDR done poorly, usually it appears as though someone let the software make all the decisions and was relying on digital artifacts to add visual interest. So many people seem to want a “make it good” button in Photoshop or Photomatix, but you seem to really craft your images. Keep on being a craftsman making the hard decisions.

        I will leave you, and anyone else reading this, with a piece of advice I got from one of my mentors: Inspiration comes from doing the work. Cut corners and you will reduce your opportunities for brilliance.

  • david e

    come on …tell us who made this “slider ” thing…maybe your friend can make a few bucks by selling this …I’d like to have it !!

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com blamethemonkey

      I’ll ask her about the HDR Before and After Slider and see what she has to say. — Are you savvy on web code mumbo jumbo? All I know is that the answer is: 42, though I’m no doubt asking the wrong question.

      • david e

        not savy at all….just a great way to show photos and would like to be able to do it. If she can write a program that I can download to my MAC , i’d certainly pay for it…and think others would also. Many photo programs have that as a way to look at your work in progress but can’t find someone to actually get it to me…your help will be appreciated !!!!

        • rotaiv

          I too am interested in the slider code for my own web page. I have my own HDR images and I would love to show case them in the same way. Any information you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.federerphotography.com/blog Joe

    Love the before/after — never seen it so well displayed the benefit that good HDR can bring to a scene. Great work!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/pitchylol Jun Tion

    is there any way that i can do HDR without the bracketing feature in my dslr? like the (NEF (RAW) PROCESSING) in my dslr or something.. cause its kinda frustating that i cant do it because i really want to do HDR..

    P.S: if you reply it would be awesome and if you do so pls reply to my flickr account not to my email cause i barely open it…thank u so much..

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  • http://www.jmanyphoto.com Jeff

    Stunning photos! The slider feature is really amazing as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Didit Mehta Pariadi

    A great displays of HDR as a tool rather than a style. I really love the realistic HDR that makes people wonder: “is this HDR?, this is not like a painting?…” Great stuff

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Thanks Didit!

  • gerald aronson

    didnt know what HDR was till i stumbled across your site/instructions/guide/etc. WAS GREAT!!!
    Now a question…if I may?…
    Would compiling an HDR have the same effect if one was to do a multiple exposure? OR is it advisable to shoot say 3 individual pics and then do the “sandwich” thing to achieve the eventual finished HDR image?
    BTW I am a prof photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Gerald,

      I’m not sure what you’re asking exactly. What do you mean by “compiling an HDR?

  • http://www.edeng.net Ed Eng

    Nice work, You have a work shop coming up what is the price? Would love to go if the time works out

  • http://joemarketusa.smugmug.com Fritz

    Hi Elia, I really enjoyed your website, next to all the technique, you have a great eye and great taste; and on top of everything, an awesome sense of humor. I liked the “lens cap off” reference in one of your posts. Hopefully are paths met one of these days. Maybe next time you are in NYC…

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  • http://www.frecoimages.com Doug Porter

    Hi Elia, Absolutely love your Imagery and the way you ‘see’!
    Sorry I missed your tutorial in Sydney it would have answered a lot of my questions, keep doin’ what you do.
    Cheers from Australia.

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Cheers to you as well mate! Hopefully I’ll make it back to OZ soon. :)

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  • Zachary

    I think the sliders are broken.

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