At the Gates of the HDR Shrine

Photo a Day: Enshrined HDR Edition

So I’ve been wanting to play around with the bracketing function found in CameraPro; I found a perfect opportunity with the small shrine found on the second floor landing of the guest house I stay in sometimes when my friends convince me to come to Pattaya for the weekend.

CameraPro is a program — sorry, an app to use the modern vernacular — you can use with a camera phone or any iOs or Android device. I use it on my Nokia N8, although I’ve also used it on Android tabs and phones. In both cases, it’s much better than the native camera program; it gives you much more control over the images that you take with the device’s camera.

Anyway, there is an accompanying program called HDRPro, which will take the bracketed images you take with CameraPro (or the native app, if it supports it) or manually (with the assumption you have a tripod or some such way to secure the phone) and marries them to create a high dynamic range (HDR) image.

Unfortunately, as I found out, if you use full-size images, it will tank your phone’s memory — well, my phone anyway — so I just dumped them into Photoshop and merged them on my laptop. Here’s the first result, using the photorealistic-low contrast option in Photoshop’s Merge to HDR script (after some minor tweaking of the finished image in Photoshop as well):


second floor guesthouse Buddhist shrine a la HDR

So a high contrast image — inspite of the HDR setting used — making it prime for a gradient map application:

second floor guesthouse Buddhist shrine a la HDR with a gradient map

I rather like it with the gradient map applied. Pretty impressive for a phone — and one that’s three years old at that.

Maybe for the sake of comparison I’ll take a similar shot next time with my Canon DSLR.