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Burning Man at Sunset in HDR | by Michael Holden
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Burning Man at Sunset in HDR

So...yeah, this is the picture in question, the one that was used by a national geographic photographer to promote a for-profit photo workshop at Burning Man. Kinda funny that it's getting all the attention, because it's a fairly crappy HDR in my opinion. Anyway, thanks for the can check out my other burning man photos here:


Burning Man 2012:


Burning Man 2011:

Burning Man 2010:


Burning Man 2009:


Burning Man 2008:


Here's the original story:


Chris and I got to Burning Man on Friday the 28th, before the event opened. Shortly after sunset I rode out to the Man. It had just rained and was fairly stormy. The only person out there was a single Ranger, on what has been called "stick duty". I took a number of exposures and ended up liking this one the best...something about that Ranger out there all alone. This is an HDR image made from three exposures (1/13, 1/25, 1/50) at f7.1 shot with my bitchin' Tokina 14-24mm wide angle lens. After I processed the source files in Photomatix I ran it through Noise Ninja to help deal with artifacts induced in the HDR manipulation process.


You can view and download high-rez versions of this photo on a nice background on my website at


(lots of other pics from Burning Man, festivals, events, parties and chihuahuas are up there too!)

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Taken on August 28, 2009