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infrared HDR panorama

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Chaba Kasanitsky , August 11, 2006; 12:44 P.M.

Superb combinations all of the effects ! 6/7

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Giuseppe Miriello , August 11, 2006; 01:05 P.M.

this image is absolutely and positively extreme! view it larger and it is a pleasure for your eyes... what it pleases me most are the incredible amount of details: tey are are everywhere; and also i appreciate the way you composed this landscape, with the sidewalk that drives through the frame... maybe the rightmost part of the image is not essential and less detailed, maybe it could be cropped out partially - i say only partially becouse it helps to balance the amount of details into the left side of the image. too bad there is a little jpg artifacts visible on the clouds, but this doesnt' lessen the image, moreover becouse i understand that some compression issue on a post of this size is inevitable. to me this is top score. g.

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Biliana Rakocevic , August 11, 2006; 01:36 P.M.

wow. woww what a gray beauty dear Peter :) I see that HDR is working beautifully!

SUperb. Bravo :) Biliana

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Amilcar Barca , August 11, 2006; 04:48 P.M.



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Robert Brady , August 11, 2006; 08:51 P.M.

Positively superb!

I see so many images within this scene that would stand alone. Very well done!

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Xhengis Aliu , August 11, 2006; 10:39 P.M.


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Mehmet Ozgur , August 11, 2006; 11:05 P.M.

State of the art

Peter, thank you for sharing this work which combines three non-standard techniques which are only now emerging to the mainstream. I am not saying/claiming this is a novel idea, as the same things have been done with the film as well. However, IMHO none of the previous techniques resulted in this kind of high quality images. IMHO, the images like this is harbinger of things to come in digital photography: extreme information. Photographers of the new age should learn how to create images that have optimum level of information. Well done!

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Peter Houtmeyers , August 12, 2006; 01:39 P.M.

Thank you all for your comment on my photo.I'am glad you like this way of combining different techniques.

Gustavo Orensztajn , August 12, 2006; 01:53 P.M.

Spectacular, supreb quality.

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J Perez , August 12, 2006; 02:01 P.M.

Wonderful image! Cheers, J

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Jay Staton , August 12, 2006; 09:04 P.M.

Outstanding! Just like a Mozart masterpiece, a lot of information here. Take away one note(clump of grass), and it would just be...great. Did you use an orange filter?

Take up a sport! Please!


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Peter Houtmeyers , August 13, 2006; 04:06 A.M.

No filter

Hi Jay

I did not use a filter other than a B+W 093infrared.This filter was used for replacing the inner ir-blocking just in front of the sensor.

Ben Heaven , August 13, 2006; 07:02 A.M.

This is exceptional - all i can say is WOW. I've used similar techniques myself (stitching, blending exposures), but never for IR and i've never got anything close to this masterpiece. Thank you too for sharing details of your technique. not only is is generous; it also enhances my enjoyment of your work.

thanks again,


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Jan Van Laethem , August 13, 2006; 04:15 P.M.



This is an excellent photograph. I'm a big fan of black and white infrared and also of panoramic photography, you have succeeded in combining both techniques to create a wonderful photograph.

Please send in more of your work.

regards Jan

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Courtney Doerksen , August 14, 2006; 12:40 A.M.

A pleasure to look at!

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Ivo Gonçalves , August 15, 2006; 10:12 A.M.

very good photo

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Marc Adamus , August 28, 2006; 12:54 P.M.

This is so far, the best use of HDR I've ever seen. The true test, of course, will be a very large print but as displayed larger here, it is stunning. It's also one of the best landscape images I've seen. Huge congrats for this one Peter!

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Peter Houtmeyers , August 30, 2006; 12:36 P.M.

Thanks Marc ! I have not tried to print this photo in a bigger size yet. In a smaller print this photo looks very good, but i can imagine that a bigger print will not be so sharp. The infrared allready gives a bit more noise than in a regular photo , in addition to this noise level the photomatix-software does not make things better. Most photo's that are combined by this hdr-application come out very soft and noisy. I have heard the Photoshop CS2 HDR version is less noisyer, but the tone mapping effect is not so pronaunced.

Daniel Gaworski , October 23, 2006; 06:02 P.M.

hmm.. I'm far from being astonished by this one. the bent walkway is great, but there's way too much 'mess' on the left side.. I'd crop at least 1/3 of it. And I don't see much use for HDR in IR, since the tonal range is extended anyway. You did HDR here and got the clouds blown out anyway :/

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Peter Houtmeyers , October 25, 2006; 03:44 P.M.

Dear Daniel

There's always something that could be improved in a photo, i am far from being the perfect photographer and have a lot to learn. The learning proces keeps me interested , so thanks for your expert opinion.

Kurt Nielsen , November 11, 2006; 09:51 P.M.


Peter, after you HDR comment on the Visby church image, I visited your site and am very impressed by your compositions! This one in definitely interesting. Did you download the HDR plugin easily? I agree that the effect is nicer in the color composition you have. But I am also very impressed with your very wide angle shot using the ND4 gradual filter because that one also looks very HDR. I just joined this site and am enjoying learning from styles like yours. Peace.

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Peter Houtmeyers , January 09, 2007; 03:15 P.M.

Sorry for the late reply on your critique Kurt. Only the swamp photo and this one are processed with HDR software. I dont use the HDR plugin version i use the standalone version . A half year ago i found the hdr software after hearing about it on the internet. I always thought this HDR-effect was created by dodging and burning and blending different layers. I dont know how to use it correctly, its mostly applied by trial and error. I think its very usefull when used in a modest way.

Hakon Soreide , January 10, 2007; 02:12 P.M.

Amazing photo, and the first time I've given a picture a 7/7 on photo.net, but this one really deserves it. I know this is a b&w, but I can't describe it other than saying that the colour is amazing. Great contrast and beautiful composition. If you haven't started doing so already, this one should be sold as prints and should hopefully find its way onto many a connoisseur's wall.

And it's yet another photo that makes me want to get that Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens. I've not dabbled in infrared photoraphy yet, but I've also done a lot of +/-2 bracketing to make HDRs with Photomatix, and I have PTgui, and it's a combination that has great potential, as shown here.

Keep up the good work!

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Landrum Kelly , January 11, 2007; 12:06 A.M.

One of the best ever, anywhere. . . .


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G P , January 12, 2007; 07:29 A.M.

20d query

Hi, nice image. Just wondering whether you're using a modifed 20d or if the image has been 'filtered' after exposure. Cheers, Ben

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Peter Houtmeyers , January 14, 2007; 12:35 P.M.

Hi Ben

The 20D is modified with a B+W 093 infrared filter. I followed the diy-tutorial on Lifepixel.com. to replace the ir-blocking filter by a infrared filter.

John White , February 07, 2007; 10:57 A.M.

Sounds like a lot of work to pull this off but definitely worth it! Fantastic

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Fane Spoitoru , February 07, 2007; 11:29 A.M.

Splendid panorama! 7/7

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Mike S , February 07, 2007; 04:56 P.M.


Beautifully captured panorama, the skys a little heavy or overdone but I think that just works better with Infrared and creates a starker contrast. Very nice image, moody and lots of drama. 6/7, no, i'd give it 7/8 :)

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vito mcmillan , February 07, 2007; 07:41 P.M.

this is an amazing photo...i haven't gotten a chance to use the IR filter yet...but im excited about trying it out!

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Jim Dockery , October 05, 2007; 11:31 A.M.


Don't know if the HDR was worth it, would be interesting to see a "straight" version without it. I love it though and think the composition and IR-pano effect are striking, unique, and beautiful. The only flaw is the single blown out cloud, but a bit of selective burning might help that. Keep up the great work.

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