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HDR Images We Love

We often visit Flickr to see what's new in HDR photography. As you know by now, we're into natural HDR. So, when we do a search on "HDR Expose 3" we're often gratified to see the inspiring images created by users of our software. Here are three great examples of what's on Flickr right now. Click on the image to be taken to the photographers Flickr page.


Piet Psch

Steve Flowers

HDR Expose 3 - Merge Key Frame Example

One of the features in HDR Expose 3 our customers tell us outperforms our competition is the Merge Key Frame feature that makes de-ghosting amazingly accurate. In this image, taken after sunset, of a young couple drinking in Half Dome at Yosemite's Glacier Point gives a great illustration. In the middle of frame of the three-frame bracket sequence the young woman on the right turned her head to look at her boyfriend. I selected a frame where she was looking at Half Dome as the key frame and Expose 3 eliminated the movement. Really neat!

The following image, also of Half Dome at sunset, shows HDR Expose 3 delivering truly natural HDR processing results.

(images by John Santoro)

HDR Expose 3 - Merge Key Frame Example

An Image We Love

The Unified Color 2014 HDR Contest received a greater number high-level images than we've seen in previous contests. Here's one by Barry Scharf that was a favorite of ours. Nice work Barry!


Sick Of Bad HDR?

At Unified Color we've been railing agains bad, over-processed HDR images since we started the company. The high-contrast, over saturated Photomatix look is easy to spot. It's so easy to spot, that the look becomes obvious and removes most images created by it from consideration as art. We're not alone! Check "Is HDR Ruining Your Photos" in Gizmodo.

"Mastering The HDR Panorama Process Webinar" Posted For Viewing

Mastering The HDR Panorama Process Part 1:

Mastering The HDR Panorama Process Part 2:

See Our New Pano Assist Feature In Action

Our new Pano Assist Batch Processing mode in HDR Expose 3 makes the time-consuming process of managing the creation of HDR panoramas faster and easier. V.P. of marketing at Unified Color John Omvik takes you through the new feature in this informative video.

Voice of the Redskins HDR Contest Honorable Mention

Our HDR Contest Honorable Mention winner Frank Herzog made a name for himself before he ever became known for photography. During his nearly four decades as a sportscaster Frank spent 25 years as the voice of the Washington Redskins football team. With his broadcasting sidekicks Hall Of Fame players Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen to support him Frank became the "voice of the Redskins" and called the plays at four Super Bowls along the way.

Meet Our Grand Prize Winner

Nuurs Ortiz is a talented photographer who learned the basics of black and white photography from his father who loved his Rolliflex. Growing up in Cuba meant that Nuurs was usually using legacy photography equipment because the 1 to twenty five exchange rate on the Cuban peso meant gear was way more expensive than in the United States. But, good for Nuurs because he now knows the fundamentals of photography in a way that escapes many in today's auto-everything photo world.

Nuurs made it to the U.S. by submitting his name for a lottery that selects visa recipients. After many years of waiting his visa was approved and he made his way to the Miami area. As a trained pharmacist Nuurs cannot return home to visit family and friends because he fears that if Cuban authorities discover his training, he will be detained.

Nuurs’ grand-prize winning image was made at the Blowing Rocks Preserve near Hobe Sound, FL which is one of the few places on the east coast with California-like rock formations.

Nuur’s woke up at 3 a.m. to make the drive from his home in Hollywood, FL so he could be in position. He used a Nikon D90 fitted with a Tokina 11-16mm lens to make three bracketed exposures. Tonemapping for the image was done in HDR Express 2 because he doesn’t like the “crazy HDR” look he gets in other HDR apps (wink).

2014 HDR Contest Winners

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