A picture is worth a thousand words.

Color is one of the most basic elements of design. As it is manipulated in different ways, it can help an artist or photographer to tell a story, express emotion, or convey those thousand words in unique ways. The beautiful HDR photography found in this post provides examples of this principle in action.

HDR, or high dynamic range, photography is a style of image processing that allows a vastly larger range between the lightest and darkest areas of a photograph. Usually this effect is created by taking several photographs with each snapshot capturing the image at a different exposure.

In other words, a photographer might place a camera on a setting that allows them to snap three images in less than a second. Each of the three photos will capture the image using a different exposure setting. The first might be darker than usual, the second might be normal, and the third might be set lighter than normal. The three images are then merged together using a program like Adobe Photoshop to create a picture with a unique range of color not found in standard photos.

Some of these examples might be considered a bit over the top or a bit exaggerated. They are, however, all very eye catching. They’re also all taken from the Creative Commons section of Flickr which means that if you see one that you’d like to use on your blog, feel free to take it. Just be sure to either link the image back to the its Flickr page or add a text link somewhere in your document crediting your source.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Would you consider using images like these to illustrate articles on your blog or website? Does this style of photography appeal to you? Why or why not?

Without further ado, I’m proud to present this collection of beautiful HDR photography.

35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography

35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography
35 Examples of Beautiful HDR Photography

Nicholas Cardot

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22 Comments

  • That’s cool Nick. I wasn’t aware of this technique. Although now that I see what you’re talking about I’m sure I’ve seen it in use.

    I’d certainly be open to using shots with this technique. It depends on the photo. There are some that seem to bring a more realistic appearance and pull you in, and then some that are more surreal and, I think, are slightly disturbing in a way, pushing you out. So I think it depends on the application. Thanks for sharing this!

    • I completely agree. It’s interesting that you point that out because that’s exactly the point I was attempting to make as I mentioned that these different uses of colors can really change the way that a picture tells its story. As you mentioned, some can really draw you in and others can really push you out.

  • Jessica says:

    These are spectacular! I am learning very slowly how to edit my photos…so much fun!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  • Kudos says:

    A lovely collection of photographs. My personal favourite is the road in the middle of the forest because it looks like an awesome road to ride a motorcycle down!

  • Jeff Baldwin says:

    It’s so true that HDR Photography is awesome. I have a great iPhone app–Pro HDR–and it does just an amazing job. Scenic photos or photos that include the sky or clouds just don’t turn out right with a basic point and shoot without HDR technology.

    Thanks for the inspiration today!

  • There totally is a big difference between this stuff, and some random pic you grab off of Google images. Makes me think….

  • Nicholas,

    There are some very striking images here. The outdoor ones especially, and there is a surreal element.

    The novelty has an appeal. Are they usable? I think under the right circumstances everything has some usability.

    • I agree about that surreal element to them. I think that’s really the perfect term to describe them, and like you, I agree that they are very usable, especially since they’re able to be found for free on the Flickr creative commons page. Where do you usually grab your images from?

  • Mel Melhado says:

    Awesome, completely breathtaking pictures. I like photography but nothing too serious other than taking family pictures. I’ve come across such similar quality pictures but didn’t know its called HDR photos. Learned something new, thanks!

    • I’m the same way. I really enjoy photography, but I rarely take many photos other than on our cheap family camera. I’d love to own a nice Canon Rebel someday. That would be sooo much fun!

  • ah hong says:

    Great HDR collection, Nick. My Sony A330 doesn’t have any built in function for HDR. Any simple tool/software you would recommend to produce HDR effect? Maybe next round you can share with us miniature faking photography 🙂

    • With Photoshop CS5, they’ve built in a HDR effect filter that makes it appear as though your image is HDR. Professional photographers make fun of those of us who use that feature. They call it cheating, but I can say that I’ve used it a few times and it’s pretty good. I’m not sure what other programs offer that feature though.

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  • Suzanne C says:

    My 4s iPhone camera has it built in. Have to say, it takes some rather interesting pictures. I had found myself using that just as much as I do my Cannon.

    Matter of fact took a very nice picture of a barbecue chicken today. Picture looks as good as the chicken tasted.

    Had to do it, Nicholas. 😉

    • Ha ha. You and your chicken. You have had me rolling all day today. And those pictures did look really yummy. I’m going to have to start taking more photos of the meals Diane makes. I have a similar setting on my Android.

  • Noel Addison says:

    They are so beautiful!

  • Noel Addison says:

    They are so beautiful! Photo editing is a fun-tastic activity, especially at times you are having writer’s blogck 😀

  • designecho says:

    This is a decent collection of HDR photography inspiration. Most of your photo are not digitally edited or maybe not that obvious 😀 I would like to share my own collection http://designecho.com/inspirations/35-stunning-hdr-photography-examples/

    Thanks!
    designecho.com

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