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Can You Improve On This Image?

We're starting to get excited here at Unified Color because the 2015 HDR Contest is approaching this spring. In the contest we accept images of any subject as long as they were processed at some point in HDR Express, HDR Expose or 32 Float. Here is a nice seascape by Marc Lombardi which exhibits a balanced composition and smooth processing. Nice work Marc!

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More HDR Contest Finalists

One of the Honorable Mention winners in our 2013 HDR Contest was an image of the red rocks in America's great southwest. This generated lots of red rocks images in the 2014. This nicely composed image by Dr. Johnny Sandaire was one of the few images of this genre to make it to the 2014 finals. Nice work Dr. Sandaire!

The 2015 HDR Contest is approaching this spring. Keep checking back here and on our blog for great examples from the 2014 contest to get you inspired.

More from the 2014 HDR Contest Archive

The Unified Color 2015 HDR Contest Is Coming

We're rolling out many of the finalists in the 2014 HDR Contest to get you psyched for this year's contest. We had some great entries last year but we know our customers have been refining their artistic eye and their HDR processing chops. You have what it takes to be a contender!

Here's a nice landscape from Don and Jane MacCarter, finalists in the 2014 contest.

Photographers We Like

We're always on the hunt for great photographers. This week we found Max Rive on Google+. Visit his Facebook page

Get Ready for the 2015 HDR Contest!

Leading up to the 2015 Unified Color HDR Contest we're going though last year's finalists' entries and we're finding some gems. Here's another well-executed image by Howard Fingerhut.

The 2015 contest is coming this spring. Download a free trial copy of HDR Express 3 or HDR Expose 3 and start shooting now!

Higher Dynamic Range TVs

Unified Color HDR software uses a method, unique in the industry, for getting a scene with a wide range of brightness onto your computer screen which, has a small range of brightness. The action at CES this year is all about new TVs with a much higher dynamic range. Click on the image to read more.

Yosemite To The Rescue

This week our Digital Marketing Director needed a good example of High Dynamic Range photography for one of his clients. This image of the Yosemite valley worked perfectly because there is a very large difference in brightness levels between the sunlit peak in the background and the shadow covered stream in the foreground. This image is impossible to take on film without the use of neutral density filters that would draw down the light on the mountain. We love natural HDR.

More From the 2014 HDR Contest

Here's another fine image by Howard Fingerhut who was a finalist in the 2014 HDR Contest. This is a very pleasing composition that makes nice use of HDR processing. This would have been a difficult scene to render with a single camera image. Well done Howard!

Keep checking the blog for more examples from the 2014 contest and see how your skills compare. We think you have what it takes to submit a great entry this year.

Photos That Rescue

When photographer Stuart Holroyed moved to Cyprus he met a woman who ran a small rescue center for dogs. The photos and story that resulted will warm your heart.

HDR Contest Photos We Like

The Unified Color HDR contest is coming in early spring. So for the next few posts we'll be sharing some of the finalist images in the Spring 2014 contest. We'll end the series with the winning images. Here's a wonderfully executed HDR image by Mark Rupert where he tamed a bright sky and a village street in shadow. Well done!

Keep visiting the blog for more great HDR examples

photo by Mark Rupert

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