Aurora HDR 2019 Software – Part 4 (the Singles)

OK, if you don’t know about Aurora HDR 2019 by now, it means you’re not reading my posts. That means it’s no use for me to review what these posts are about.

If you have been reading, then I can tell you this post is all about single photos being run through the Aurora HDR engine with one of the canned presets in the program. What I show below is one original and its version output from Aurora presented in gallery form.

A few of the photos will have multiple versions and these will all be in their own galleries for easy comparisons. 

For instance:

Not many words in this post . . . just photos.

Right; here’s the first bunch of photos (Original first, Aurora output second):

OK, this next gallery is of one photo from atop Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), Maui. The variations are subtle but I can easily discern the difference in the full-size versions.

OK, back to single outputs . . .

The last few galleries are photos with multiple versions.

Snowy landscape . . .

Hawk taking flight (this is iffy because the original needs little work; one of these is me doing a few tweaks in Lightroom)

Caribbean Island . . .

Sunset at sea No. 1 (only two, so no gallery) . . .


Output from Aurora HDR 2019

Sunset at sea No. 2 . . .

Sunset at sea No. 3 . . . I didn’t output the original of this photo so, here’s just the output from Aurora.

Output from Aurora HDR 2019

Again, to recap, all of these are single photos (not bracketed shots) run through Aurora HDR. If there’s only one version, it’s a preset from the program. If there are multiple versions, it’s multiple presets from the program with maybe a few tweaks by me.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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6 Responses to Aurora HDR 2019 Software – Part 4 (the Singles)

  1. AnnMarie says:

    It really is no wonder that an HDR photo gets more attention . . . it shows what the mind is used to “seeing” through the eyes in real time. It’s so much more attractive than just an impression of the scene/item as provided by a regular photo. This is definitely an advantage for those that were not at the actual place at the time the photo was taken. Makes for a heightened visual journey!


    • disperser says:

      I don’t know that most people realize that nearly every photo they see in magazines, prints, or online, has gone through some kind of processing. In the old days, film developing machines made automated adjustments. Semi-pros developed their own film and adjusted to taste. These days, in-camera processing is normal (unless switched off or turned down to a minimum) and can vary significantly from camera to camera.

      Aurora does pretty much what I do by hand but it does it faster and with little effort. The output it produced is very close to what I typically try to get at. The problem, as I mentioned, is that the eyes and brain of a person work in conjunction and show them a version of reality that’s (probably) slightly enhanced. I covered some of this in this post:
      And here:

      As a reminder, my camera(s) are set to minimize any pre-processing. RAW capture makes that easier. On the P900, since it outputs JPG, there’s always some amount of processing done by the camera. The Samsung II gave me more control over the output (including bracketing shots) than the Note 8 (which is kind of shitty of Samsung to do). The note 8 does a lot of processing on its own and while its output is pretty good, I’d prefer a bit more control.


  2. Colonialist says:

    Really interesting contrasts. Some subtle, some very noticeable indeed.

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  3. Magnificent photos! It’s fun to see the comparisons! The differences are interesting… some subtle…and some so detailed and wowza!
    The hawk, the blue-bird bird, the sunset, and the waterfall photos are spectacular!
    It’s nice Aurora helps you get the work done! (Oops…I said work.)
    HUGS for you and Melisa!

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