Let There Be Light #1 (Tone Mapped) - Sydney New Years Eve - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Location: Sydney Harbour, Sydney Australia, Capital City of the state of New South Wales

Ok now this is a bit of an experiment , my original image Let There Be Light #1:

was a single image and has been extremely popular 71 Favouritings 1278 Viewings

I got to thinking of experimenting on this image using tone -mapping which is essentially HDR.

Tone mapping in itself is the process that makes a HDR image, the technique has been around since the late 1800’s and has been long used prior to the hint of Digital technology.

So decided to experiment in the processing of a single image to a 5 shot Tone Mapped image.

Equipment Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm

Technique used was

Duplication of the original image into 5 new images
Selecting the 5 images in photomatix 3.26 64 Bit
Photomatix detects the 5 images as the same
Photomatix manually controlled to convert the images into individual images 1 stop apart
Tone map these images into one image HDR Image
Image resized to 12300 × 7528
Image saved as a 16 Bit Tiff File = 578 Megabytes
Image imported into Nikon Capture NX
Image contrast slightly adjusted, Sharpened
Image saved as tiff and jpg

The Result

I Think it looks OK , your Feedback Greatly appreciated


night, australia, sydney, new, fireworks, eve, years, celebrations

Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

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  • David  Humphrey
    David Humphreyover 4 years ago

    An awesome image

  • thanks david

    – Philip Johnson

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 4 years ago

    Stunning image Phil.

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 4 years ago

    I hope you have entered this in a competition or two, it is sure to be a winner!

  • Thanks mandy i think the HDR has boosted the colours without over saturating them

    – Philip Johnson

  • lizalady
    lizaladyover 4 years ago

    Isn’t it fun to experiment. What a difference.

  • thanks Liza i tthink its given the colours more definition rather than blowing them our the tone mapping was fairly light handed

    – Philip Johnson

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 4 years ago


  • thanks Shelly

    – Philip Johnson

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    work it brah’……looks great…………

  • Thanks KJ

    – Philip Johnson

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • thank you Gina

    – Philip Johnson

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 4 years ago

    There it is. Well Done Phillip

  • Thanks Jason

    – Philip Johnson

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonover 4 years ago

    Nice work my friend :-)

  • thanks Rosie

    – Philip Johnson

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Looks as good as the other Great capture!

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