Sunset over the Meseta (hdr)

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Comments (17)

kristine hannon on August 9, 2007

I like your HDR collection, it is such interesting photography. Would like to try it once too, but don't know how... :-) Travel greetings

Andy Vargas on August 9, 2007

Hey Kristine!

To make HDR's, go to and download the free trial version of Photomatix. Then take (approx.) three pictures of the same thing or scenery with different exposure settings (best with about 2 f-stops between each shot); or just open up one photo in Adobe Photoshop, copy the background layer, set the blending option to Multiply, set the opacity to multiples of 38% for every f-stop (76% for two f-stops), flatten the image, save as with a new name, reopen the original and do all the steps again except with Screen as the blending option. Then open Photomatix and create an HDR with the three images you should now have. Then tonemap it with the Tonemapping option and voila!

If you use the trial version, though, Photomatix will apply a glaring watermark to it. To avoid this, buy the full version (or just be creative like me and find ways around this!).

kristine hannon on August 9, 2007

Thanks for your help Andy! I know nothing about photoshop, sounds like Chinese for me... so for me it would be better to do it the other way with Photomatix. Travel greetings from Belgium.

Andy Vargas on August 9, 2007

If you only have one photo of what you want to tonemap, you need photoshop or a similar program to create photos with different exposures (instructions in previous post). Besides, you're a photographer and you don't know anything about photoshop? You need to get on the ball, Girl! hehe

RamiroCZ on August 13, 2007

Hi Andy, thank you for your nice comment on my picture. I have to tell (with pleasure) your photoshots are simply great. Absolutely wonderful. Bye for now

Andy Vargas on August 13, 2007

Thanks so much!

Vasco Pires on August 17, 2007

Nice shot Andy! I also tried making three exposures from a jpg before but with poor reults, but I had change he exposures with the levels tool on photoshop. I wil try it with layer technique.

BTW. I also have the trial version of photomatix, I use the clone tool very skilfully, do you have another way of doing it? ;)

Andy Vargas on August 18, 2007

I tonemap the images once right side up, tonemap them again with all the images upside down, and then use photoshop to cut out the watermark after I turn the one that was upside down right side up again. Works almost perfectly since orientation does affect the tonemapping (a little eraser to smooth the edges after cutting out the watermark works perfectly). mwuahahahahaha!!

Vasco Pires on August 18, 2007

That's genious!! I hadn't thought about that at all! You're far away ahead!! That way you can crop the entire pieces that were beneath the watermarks and place them in the wright position, wright?

Thanks for the idea! ;)

Andy Vargas on August 19, 2007

Yep, works great!

kristine hannon on August 19, 2007

I know Andy, it is time for me to start learning about photoshop. But I am not a photographer and only recently ( a few weeks ago I baught my first camera ) I started with digital photography. But I know who to turn too for my questions! Travel greetings from Belgium.

Jewels on September 24, 2007

Another lovely and pictureaque shot.

Andy Vargas on September 25, 2007

Thanks! As I (think I) said, this was my first attempt at HDR; I think it did turn out very nicely.

Lubican on February 10, 2008

Es así exactamente como recuerdo la carretera de Guijuelo..(de Guijuelo a Endrinal para ser más exactos)¡que buenos recuerdos!

yosoyneo on July 17, 2008

Me encantaria pasar por un paisaje como este, a la hora de trabajar, todos los dias. Gracias... gracias....y gracias... Felicidades, por tus fotos. SalU2

Coldjonny on August 19, 2008

Wow Andy, great shot. Have you ever heard of redbubble? It's a place for photographers and artists like you to showcase their work- all my work is on redbubble.


Seriously- I'm not being paid to say this.

Andy Vargas on November 2, 2008

¡¡Gracias, Lubican, yosoyneo, y Coldjonny!!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 4, 2007
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    by Andy Vargas
    • Taken on 2006/06/20 21:23:52
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 5.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO80