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Intentional HDR Ghosting

essay by Uwe Steinmueller

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What is actually Ghosting? If you combine different exposed images to HDR and things or people move during that period in the scene you see them partially combined from all exposures. This is called Ghosting. Normally ghosting is treated as a HDR artifact and not wanted. We created an image of a Zion (Grafton) cabin where we thought a ghost would be just to be expected :-).

We asked our friend to walk inside the cabin while we took three exposures.

3 exposures

Crop showing the person in each frame (already blurred)

We then combined the three photos to HDR in Photomatix and finally tonemapped it.

Color version

Final B&W version

And here is the ghost:

The proof :-)

We wanted to show that ghosting cannot only be seen as a HDR artifact but can be used in some more creative ways.

Have fun chasing your ghosts.





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