20+ HDR Photographs that Make the Ordinary Look Extraordinary

High Dynamic Range, or HDR, photography is an amazing form of art that creates a mix between realism and illusion. When we view ordinary things in HDR — it’s almost as if we’ve never seen them before at all.

1. Mazda


2. Night


3. Room


4. Home


5. Vodka


6. Bridge


7. Breakfast Room

Breakfast Room

8. Room


9. Cat


10. Buildings


11. Dog


12. Slums


13. Railway


14. Perugia


15. Back Patio

Back Patio

16. Converse


17. Bench


18. Things on the Table

Things on the Table

19. Construction


20. Boats


21. Bathroom


22. Parking Lot

Parking Lot

Written By Kayla

Kayla Knight is a 20 year old college student, part-time web developer, freelancer, and blogger. Webitect is where she spends too much of her freetime, sharing interesting finds and valuable resources. Be sure to check out her portfolio.


  1. Debuglife.com

    August 5th, 2009 at 09:48 pm

    I love some of those shots! Being a big photography buff, I really appreciate some of the post-processing work that went into some of those images. Especially the night shot. It totally didn’t occur to me to try to create a a night-time HDR shot.

    Thanks for posting. Now I have to go dig out my camera and stand. :)


  2. Kawsar Ali

    August 5th, 2009 at 09:51 pm

    Awesome Pictures. Love it.

    P.S. : I think there is a typo in the post title

  3. magdala

    August 6th, 2009 at 07:25 am

    How did you get the image of the dog to work, it looks like it’s moving. I thought HDR had to use tripod or at least be very still to bracket capture?

    The colours in the Mazda image are just beautiful…

    Thanks for sharing

  4. kiran voleti

    August 7th, 2009 at 06:35 am

    Awesome Photography…Very Nice collection.

  5. Anton Agestam

    August 8th, 2009 at 06:56 am

    These effects are very cool but I think it’s a bit sad that photographers barely care about the composition any more, anyone could have taken these images, if you just own the right techniques, so I don’t really think this is good photography. Cool though.

  6. Stu | T-Shirt Insight

    August 10th, 2009 at 07:35 am

    Wow, some great use of HDR in this collection. I think ‘Dog’ and ‘Bridge’ are probably my favorites but to be honest pretty much all of them are superb!

  7. John Richards

    August 16th, 2009 at 07:00 pm

    Amazing use of light. I really loved the image with the Chuck Taylors it captured a feel of life and passion. Your use of imagery tells amazing stories, each and everyone of them.

  8. Calvyn

    August 31st, 2009 at 07:38 am

    I wish I can shoot some HDR too

  9. maverick

    January 10th, 2010 at 05:04 pm

    Yeah, I’d have to agree with Anton here. I don’t think any of these really demonstrate good composition and I would say hike the contrast too high. I’ve seen great HDR photos, but these don’t seem to be succeeding as photography or as illustration…kind of stuck in the middle but doing neither one well.

  10. Scott W

    June 23rd, 2011 at 05:52 pm

    Great shots, HDR photos can really make the ordinary look extraordinary.

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