A good photo tells a story and evokes emotions.

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I specialize in quality HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. My goal is to create HDR photos that don't suck. I describe the post-processing steps in my photos in the hope that fellow photographers can learn from what I learned. I like to experiment and push the boundaries. Do you have any feedback or critique? I'd love to get some & I am eager to improve. Feedback geht auch auf deutsch / anche in italiano / aussi en français / 日本語でも結構です。

I am an instructor at the Digital Photo Academy teaching photography in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."
~ Ansel Adams

I live and breath open source software. Therefore I release my photos under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), the images have a Copyright 2013-2018 by Peter Thoeny. I invite you to use my photos for non-commercial use. I am only asking to attribute the work. For online use: Please link back to the original photo on my stream. For offline use: I am interested in knowing where the photos are used offline - could you drop me a line?

I also offer licensing for commercial use of my work, either royalty-free or rights-managed. Contact peter09+flickr[at]thoeny.org for details.

Note on copyright infringement for improper use of my work: Depending on infringement, settlements claims will be in the range of US$5,000 to $10,000, plus legal fees. I write this from experience.

PeterThoeny - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

If you would like to learn more about HDR photography study this presentation: Introduction to High Dynamic Range photography

My motto: 20% gear, 40% composition, 40% post-processing. What's yours?

My gear:
- Sony A7 II (mirror-less full-frame), a 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens, a Rokinon f2.6 12mm fisheye prime lens, a Canon 50mm f0.95 Dream Lens, several Rokkor vintage prime lenses.
- Sony A6000 (mirror-less camera with APS-C format CMOS sensor), a 50mm f1.8 prime lens, a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens, a 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens.
- I started photography with a Rollei 35 SE, which I still own and enjoy.

My post-processing habits: I use Photomatix Pro for HDR processing on my Macbook Pro. After that I use PTLens for lens correction, and Pixelmator for final touches.

My other passion: Deploy collaborative technologies at the workplace, with the goal to make work more effective and transparent. I am the founder and CTO of TWiki.org, inventor of structured wikis, and co-author of the Wikis for Dummies book.

- HDR photo prints: qualityhdr.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/peterthoeny
- Personal home: www.thoeny.org
- Open Source Work: TWiki.org
- Consulting: Structured Wikis

My Flickr timeline:

- 2006-01-01: Registered on Flickr
- 2013-05-24: First photo posted
- 2014-07-06: 1,000 followers
- 2014-08-31: 2,000 followers
- 2014-10-31: 3,000 followers
- 2014-12-26: 4,000 followers
- 2015-01-31: 5,000 followers
- 2015-03-09: 6,000 followers
- 2015-04-18: 7,000 followers
- 2015-06-04: 8,000 followers
- 2015-08-22: 9,000 followers
- 2015-09-19: 10,000 followers

"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’
He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.’"

~ Sam Haskins

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    Eric.Lavelle says:

    "Well! What to say? There are so many images that I want to "fave". A beautiful universe that Peter gives us. Thank you very much sharing with us these magical moments."

    October 4th, 2018

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    reikoe says:

    "I really admire your images. When I walk in Philippines I see no River or Lake, Beach or Street without Plastikgarbage. It is a great pleasure for me to walk through your beautiful landscapes and to be enchanted by the colours. I look forward to many new hikes through your magic worlds in the future and wish you to find many magical landscapes and motifs"

    May 5th, 2018

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    Anaximandros says:

    "Some of the best uses of HDR I ve seen around. Not too much but enough to recover the little beautiful details that single frame photography cannot handle. Keep up the great work."

    February 23rd, 2018

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    tabidachi.jeremy says:

    "Easily one of the best photographers I've found on Flickr. I found Peter's work while looking at photos taken with the 16-50mm Sony kit lens. Very inspiring to see what can be done even without expensive gear! Peter's photos really are special, I'm glad I came across them."

    December 16th, 2017

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    olivierurban says:

    "many beautiful pictures and some great and exceptional! Nice gallery, a pleasure to travel through!"

    October 10th, 2017

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    donvucl says:

    "One of the first photographers on flickr I have seen who uses HDR well. Usually I find them so unnatural and over the top; Peter's images avoid this. I also like the range and variety in Peter's work."

    September 13th, 2017

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    MPnormaleye says:

    "A great pleasure to discover your work, which contains some of the most artistic and measured use of HDR I've ever seen. I've done my best to modulate and manage my own approach to tone mapping, and you will be a great reminder that less can indeed be more. Happy to follow you!""

    September 2nd, 2017

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    johnrsims43 says:

    "In addition to capturing and processing wonderful photographs, Peter is one of the very few photographers that takes the time to document his work. I really appreciate this. I like to browse Flickr's images for inspiration, and to learn from others. Peter's comments greatly improve on this learning experience.

    Thanks Peter!"

    March 20th, 2016

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    Kika de la Fuerza says:

    "I love the way you challenge your creativity. Your style is unique--a most poetic interpretation of the beauty that surrounds us."

    November 17th, 2015

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    Angel & Demons says:

    "Wandering through Peter's photostream I found myself totally absorbed in some wonderfully creative and thought-provoking images. He is obviously a master of HDR and uses it to great effect highlighting the detail rather than over-processing the image. I have really enjoyed my visit Peter and aspire to take photos of a similar calibre myself one day......although I suspect I've a long way to go."

    August 24th, 2015

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    martinvonelm says:

    "i just discovered you and i really adore your pictures,
    almost all of them. You have a fantastic gallery and a very consistent high quality...
    I totally agree with your statement that a picture must tell a story
    and have an emotional impact..you really live up to that with your
    craft ...."

    May 19th, 2015

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    philipsavory says:

    "Great photo stream Peter.. you obviously have an excellent command of HDR techniques and and your restrained processing is, well.. the sign of a true master..""

    April 25th, 2015

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    Jill Farmer says:

    "You have really mastered HDR. I see so much of it that is overdone, but yours brings up believable detail. This is perfection. Not to mention that it makes me want to visit the places you shoot!"

    March 26th, 2015

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    M C WALSH says:

    "I first came across Peter's work when paying a courtesy visit to his stream after he had faved one of my pictures. My heart sank when I saw the words "HDR" feeling almost certain that I would not be able to return his compliment, and expecting to scroll through pages of overblown, hideous and boring images. Not a bit of it. Peter states his aim simply as being to produce "HDR images that don't suck". It's a fine and noble aim, and he is succeeding! There are some wonderful images here, and better still he shares his knowledge by giving a lot of details about his subjects and the techniques employed. Thank you, Peter."

    March 23rd, 2015

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    RoryO'Bryen says:

    "It's nice to see HDR photography done in a way that is subtle, balanced and naturalistic."

    March 19th, 2015

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    Rambler Photography says:

    "At the beginning I had not taking seriously his pictures, but after many visit and more time in front of me, I start looking closely all his gallery, and realize that each onof them had something in it, a story, and the sharpness and clarity, made is work remarkable.

    Robert Bellefleur, Rambler Photography 2015"

    March 18th, 2015

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    ggppix says:

    "Many of PeterThoeny's photographs reveal aspects of reality that can't be seen with the unaided eye. In the rocket-launch picture, his juxtaposed frames stretch time but nevertheless make the stretching believable by the frame-to-frame steadiness of color, brightness, and contrast. In the insects-flying-into-a-floodlight picture, the flight paths that the insects followed to their doom are immortalized by his smart use of a dark sky and time exposure. In one respect or another, his explorations of HDR similarly stretch human vision.

    Careful viewers of his photographs (and other photographs like them) will be mentally changed by the experience of viewing in that the viewers' conceptions of real-time events will have been altered by the new ways of seeing that are provided by his photographs. Viewers won't think of real-time events (like rocket launches and sizzling bugs) in the same way as they did before.

    These qualities of PeterThoeny's photographs stood out to me as "augmentations of reality," which change how people exposed to them perceive and understand the world. This is a topic that I discussed in a recent publication, which is cited below.

    Price, G.G. (2013). Teach earlier, expect later: an essay on pedagogical patience and propaedeutic appropriateness. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 19(2), 29-43. [ISSN 1226-9557]"

    January 24th, 2015

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    CiaoMayonga says:

    "Congratulations on your stream, is beautiful! The HDR you manage is so delicate, elegant and lightning, poping the colors, textures, all the composition in general.
    I already saw your HDR explanation. Very interesting, thanks for sharing your knwoledge & your great work!"

    January 13th, 2015

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    cruzi108 says:

    ""I have found Peters work recently here on flickr, His photographs stood out instantly and it has been a pleasure to look through his Stream. He has this amazing ability to compose such interesting photographs. I don't normally like HDR as so often over saturated, but Peter’s photos are very life like. To me this is important to end up with an image close to what you saw in the first place. I’m starting to be swayed about my opinion of HDR.

    Superb work Peter, i'll be a regular visitor to your Stream""

    August 7th, 2014

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    britta heise says:

    "really enjoy Peter's work and his HDR's that don't suck. There are just too many that really are overcooked or where the methodology it abused (with that I mean perhaps it shouldn't have been used in the first place).
    There are many photographers, who are simply turned off, yet when executed well with a purposeful hand, HDR supports the image, elevates it, without the viewer being aware (nor should they).
    Peter's work uses HDR as a tool to its best advantage."

    July 31st, 2014

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    devilish crowd says:

    "I was not familiar with Peter's work until recently. I'm glad to be exposed (pun intended) to the HDR work since it goes a long way to changing my bias against HDR post-processing. Most of the HDR images I see looks like the image has been hammered and hammered into submission so the end result is: Look at me! Typically, the image becomes secondary to the HDR technique. Peter's work is distinctly different from that, and thus a pleasure to appreciate, and to actually study.


    October 2nd, 2013

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