25 Beautiful Examples of HDR Photography

For those who love browsing through online photo galleries, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs are often some of the most intriguing. HDR photography involves taking several shots of the same subject at different exposures and then combining them in a program like Photoshop. (HDR effects can also be achieved using just one image with more post processing work.) For more information on HDR photography and how to achieve the look with your own photography, you may be interested in visiting Stuck in Customs.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 examples of HDR photography from various photographers. To see the images in a larger size, please click on them and you’ll be led to the source.

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Photo credit: ISIK5

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Photo credit: Jakko J

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Photo credit: Jim Dollar

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Top4

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Juan José Miñor García

HDR Photography

Photo credit: John Mueller

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Matteo Mazzetti

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Ferrell McCollough

HDR Photography

Photo credit: George Thomas

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Shutter Runner

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Raymond Larose

HDR Photography

Photo credit: George Thomas

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Knowsphotos

HDR Photography

Photo credit: ISIK5

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Ageel

HDR Photography

Photo credit: ISIK5

HDR Photography

Photo credit: ISIK5

HDR Photography

Photo credit: evrengunturkun

HDR Photography

Photo credit: ISIK5

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Jim Dollar

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Jim Dollar

HDR Photography

Photo credit: MattHalic

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Jim Dollar

HDR Photography

Photo credit: Brent Pearson

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  • Evan 'OldWorld' Skuthorpe, December 14, 2011

    Dare I say, I think quite a few of these have been over processed. The mapping looks ugly. The Opera House and the Grand Canyon ones look nice though. Just me opinion.

  • Matt halic, December 14, 2011

    Tnx for featuring my cow! :D

  • Berke, December 14, 2011

    perfect…

  • Lucas Williams, December 14, 2011

    Agreed, it’s so easy to go overboard with HDR, but the ones with a more subtle touch are nice. I find it’s usually when photographers play up the microcontrast too much and make all those halos, that’s when it moves from beautiful to abrasive.

    There’s a group that does an online live-action zombie comic using HDR, which is (I think) way more interesting than the landscapes and abandoned vehicles/buildings most people go for. Their website is http://www.nightzero.com

  • Rachelle Cross, December 15, 2011

    I can’t believe that these are just photos, You cannot see it in many Phoenix web designed pages, it’s all breath taking and I love how the photographer took those shots! It was amazing and I think this is something that he can be proud of. To be able to compile these wonderful photos are such an honors for someone who love photo shoots. Good job!

  • Marc, December 15, 2011

    @Evan: +1

    These images have nothing to do with HDR. Too much tonemapping, and over-compressed. I’d say: read what HDR is about, and try a new post. This is just crap.

  • vLight, December 15, 2011

    @Marc: -1

    HDR pic ist a picture which was combined from more than one (differently exposed) shots/images. Even though it has this “ugly” surrealistic look, it’s still an HDR image. HDR ist not a specific Look, it’s a specific technique….

    P.S. Last two Pics have more realistic tonemapping than others.

  • aledesign.it, December 15, 2011

    The kind of exposure create a particular effect..like fantasy..but I don’t like so much..even some examples are so nice.

  • Vandelay Website Design, December 15, 2011

    I agree that the processing of some photos leads to results that are more realistic looking than others. In my non-professional-photographer opinion, what I like to see in HDR photos (and other photos in general) kind of depends on the purpose and context.

    Lucas,
    Thanks for recommending that site, the gallery is pretty interesting.

  • James Caron, December 15, 2011

    These pictures are amazing! I really thought these are real places. I simply loved the photos of the cars which are astonishingly amazing.

  • Trevor, December 16, 2011

    Thanks for the post – great collection of photos and inspiration.

  • minieice, December 16, 2011

    i like HDR, and i make with software photomatic, you use that?

  • Luufy, December 17, 2011

    Amazing HDR photos. I really like HDR.

  • Wunderbar, December 20, 2011

    @Minieice

    I too have used Photomatix (Pro), however it is almost fully automatic and leaves no room for user settings (apart from removing ghosting etc.)

    If you want “impressive” HDR pictures of landscapes or sceneries with moving objects, I strongly recommend shooting 3 differently exposed pictures and combining them yourself in Photoshop using layers and masks. This way you can make it just as nice as you want.

    I have used Photomatix a lot when I first discovered it, but the result on textured surfaces (grass, sand, mud) as well as moving objects were dramatic (anti-ghosting function isn’t that helpful)

    However, this is still my opinion. Occasionally it does render nice HDR’s

  • Paul McDonald, December 22, 2011

    Absolutely stunning! I have to disagree about the over processes. I have never seen work this gorgeous. Thank you for sharing these.

  • CiNiTriQs, December 28, 2011

    All comments aside, still find it all quite nice to look at. There was a time I used to wonder how people created such nice colourful pictures in just one shot (I guess… they didn’t, or not all the time ;) ) but now the age of digital camera has been around for quite some time, more and more of this is just “out there” without too much trouble ;)

    hooray for tech and creativity!

  • Christian Stogner, February 4, 2012

    I just love how HDR allows you to show so much more detail than a one exposure image. These are some great examples, I especially enjoy the Trey Ratcliff one at the top!

  • Rajan Arora, February 15, 2012

    Nice collection.

  • Cliff, August 29, 2012

    Nice graphical exposure…I liked the Church inside view.