A good photo tells a story and evokes emotions.

 

Would you like to hang beautiful HDR photos in your office or living room? Order HDR prints on paper, canvas, aluminum or acrylic glass. Like our Facebook page.

  

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 2013-2021 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.

- A whole range of vintage and weird lenses, ranging from 4mm to 900mm, and X-ray lenses starting from f/0.60.

- I started photography with a Rollei 35 SE, which I still own and enjoy.

 

My processing habits: I use Photomatix Pro for HDR processing on my Macbook Pro. After that I use Pixelmator Pro for post-processing.

 

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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  • JoinedJanuary 2006
  • OccupationCTO & Founder
  • HometownSchuders, Switzerland
  • Current cityCupertino
  • CountryUSA
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John H says:

Some wonderful images and lovely work. Thank you for sharing.

March 17, 2020

I love Peter’s motto of 20% gear, 40% composition, and 40% post. He demonstrates time and again that the latest camera or lens has little impact on on the personal ingredient of creativity. With imagination, inventiveness, and perception, his images are an inspiration — as demonstrated by all these testimonials of tale… Read more

I love Peter’s motto of 20% gear, 40% composition, and 40% post. He demonstrates time and again that the latest camera or lens has little impact on on the personal ingredient of creativity. With imagination, inventiveness, and perception, his images are an inspiration — as demonstrated by all these testimonials of talented people who have traveled through his work thoughtfully and expressed praise. I find that Peter’s view of photography is a true art and not just a way to reproduce realism. In the words of the new (OPC Optics) Meyer Optik, Peter’s Weltanschauung is the difference between shooting technically superior pictures and creating images with emotion.

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February 22, 2020

sorry for this razzia of favs peter but your gallery is a long and wonderful travel, full of surprise and technic lessons visite obligatoire !!!!!!

December 14, 2019

I am not a great fan of HDR because it usually looks overdited. Peter's galery on the other hand looks really natural, he found the right balance in his HDR post-processing, and the result is stunning. Congratulations for your hard work Peter!

November 27, 2019
S Hawkins says:

What wonderful photography! They are beautiful, captivating images.

August 26, 2019

I have enjoyed my visit to Peters photostreams. As a norm, I do not like HDR work but find Peter`s HDR very lifelike as others do. I have seen in the stream a very unique style and masterful photography. simply adore the light and bokeh in "Yay, it's summer again!" truly unmatchable by others.

June 17, 2019

I like Peter's straightforward style of photography, especially his landscape work. He is a great technician with an artist's awareness of light, and uses these abilities to capture – in camera – wonderful scenes filled with feeling… without relying on the post-capture work that so many of us routinely use to enhance o… Read more

I like Peter's straightforward style of photography, especially his landscape work. He is a great technician with an artist's awareness of light, and uses these abilities to capture – in camera – wonderful scenes filled with feeling… without relying on the post-capture work that so many of us routinely use to enhance our works. His photostream is packed with gems!

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April 19, 2019

Gallery Well Composed with Gorgeous Landscapes & Lighting. Capturing Special Moments thru the Lens . Thank You For Sharing Your Talents . Greetings from Canada

April 12, 2019
few self (deleted)

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 4, 2018
Fanatical Eggs (deleted)

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 fin… Read more

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

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May 5, 2018

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 24, 2018

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 16, 2017

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

October 10, 2017

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 13, 2017

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 2, 2017

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. Thank… Read more

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!

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March 21, 2016

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

November 18, 2015
coordinated trail (deleted)

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… Read more

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.

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August 24, 2015

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 19, 2015

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 25, 2015

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 26, 2015

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 … Read more

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.

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March 23, 2015

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

March 19, 2015

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 18, 2015

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-floodlig… Read more

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]

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January 25, 2015
Mayonga 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 14, 2015
John 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 im… Read more

"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"

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August 7, 2014

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 ha… Read more

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.

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July 31, 2014
Devilish Crowd (deleted)

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! Typic… Read more

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. Bravo!

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October 3, 2013