The HDR Photographic Survey


Someone almost certainly said, “Hey Mark, you should take a sabbatical, hop in your car with a camera and spectroradiometer, and wander the country making HDR images. Then you could build an online database for researchers everywhere.” That's exactly what Mark did, and this book is about sharing some of the images of that HDR Photographic Survey along with the stories behind the scenes.

It is not intended to include all the images or all the technical detail. Both can be found on the HDR Survey website. These are not necessarily the most beautiful or the most technically interesting, they are simply 40 of Mark's favorite images to discuss as examples. The inspiration for the number 40 comes from one of Mark's favorite photography books, Ansel Adams’ "Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs." The stories come mainly from Mark's journal, kept along the way to record details about each scene. The hope is that you enjoy perusing the book and come away with just a little sense of the adventure this project has been.

Product Details
  • Hardcover

  • 106 pages


About the Artist
Rochester Institute of Technology
Munsell Color Science Laboratory

Mark received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Imaging Science from RIT. and Ph.D. in Vision Science from the University of Rochester. Mark was presented with the 1995 Bartleson Award by the Colour Group (Great Britain) and the 2002 Macbeth Award by the Inter-Society Color Council for his works in color appearance and color science. He is a Fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and the Optical Society of America. Mark was presented with the Davies Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for contributions to photography. He received the 2008 IS&T Raymond C. Bowman award for excellence in education.