May 26, 2010

Amazing HDR photography of Mike Savad

Country scene-trees gazebo and country road-HDR photo

Isn't this an amazing picture? What is even more amazing is that it isn't a painting. It is indeed a photograph. Yesterday, by chance, I came across the work of a very talented photographer. Yes I do frequent the Zazzle website. This time, however, I wasn't looking for someone to promote. I was participating in a forum game. It is a picture association game. Find a picture on Zazzle somewhat related to the last one posted. In this case the last one posted was a pond scene. The obvious choice would have been a picture with water. There was also a bucket in the image so that is what I focused on. That is when I came across the amazing HDR Photography of Mike Savad. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.

Here is a description of HDR from Wikipedia. "In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight."

Not everyone uses this method for the same effect. Mike has used this effect to make many photos look like paintings. To me some have a dreamy ethereal appearance. Have I already said awesome? Have a look at some more of Mike Savad's artistry.

Landscape - Eve's Garden print
Barber - The Barber Chair print
1950's - Retro Ice Cream Parlor print

Visit Mike's Zazzle shop suburbanscenes for more great works of art.


Levonne said...

Those last two images are intriguing. I would love to know the process for making them. Come see my photos at

tjustleft said...

Thanks for commenting. There are tutorials for HDR photography on the web. Look up Mike Savad. He gives instructions also.

Mike Savad said...

you can find out how i make them by going to my site at - Suburban Scenes by Mike Savad

---Mike Savad

tjustleft said...

Thank you for sharing your technique Mike. Your work is proof that it is a great one :).

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