Burrowing Owl Single Exposure HDR

Jun 14, 2011 | Animals & Wildlife, Single Exposure HDR

Here’s a good example of how I use Photomatix to produce a pseudo HDR image with more color and detail than the original photo. I’ve also included the original so you can compare for yourself. Top left is the original image and the final Photomatix image is on the right.

This is not a multiple exposure HDR photograph. I only used a single exposure to create the top image. Final processing was done in Photoshop using Topaz plugins to add more pop to the photo.

This burrowing owl is one of many that can be found at Brian Piccolo Park in Hollywood, Florida. I’ve been wanting to shoot these owls forever and finally decided to do that over the past weekend. These owls have gotten use to photographers hanging around them so I was able to get really close. Next time I’ll bring a macro lens to see if I can shoot the pupil in their eye ;-).

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Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: Single Exposure HDR
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 100-400mm f/5.6L USM
Photo Location: Brian Piccolo Park, Hollywood, Florida