GUESS NUMBER OF IMAGES FOR HDR PANORAMA: PhotoGames Metadata Monday, Season 3 Week 6

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Guess the number of images merged into this HDR panorama!

When shooting images in which there is both the sun and sufficiently dark places, it is very often necessary to use HDR in order to approach the perception of the view as we see. And to show a wide view of the landscape, there is nothing better than a panorama! Therefore, I had to work a little and merge several images into one in order to get this final result. But how much exactly?

This photo shows the sunset with the sky reflected in the Vaga River in the Arkhangelsk region, Russia.

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What is Panoramic Photography?

Panoramic photography, also known as wide format photography, is a special technique that stitches multiple images from the same camera together to form a single, wide photograph (vertical or horizontal).
The first panoramic photographs were made by simply aligning printed versions of film, which did not turn out very well, because it was close to impossible to perfectly align photographs. With the invention of personal computing, advancements in computer software and digital photography, it is now much easier to stitch digital images together using specialized software. In fact, using a proper photography technique and panoramic equipment, it is now possible to create near-perfect panoramas at extremely high resolutions. Some photographers even stitch hundreds of high resolution images to create gargantuan “gigapixel” panoramas.
Panoramas can either be photographed in a single row (meaning one row of vertical or horizontal images) or multiple rows.
For more information and examples see Panoramic Photography Tutorial

What is HDR and HDR Panoramic Photography?

HDR or High Dynamic Range Photography is a post-processing technique that uses multiple images of the same scene shot at different shutter speeds to combine them all into a single photograph. The result is an image with the most amount of detail in both shadow and bright areas of the image, close to what the human eye would see.
Modern digital cameras can capture a fairly wide range of exposure values between “black” on the dark end to “white” on the light end. They are not capable of reproducing the full range of exposure values that the human eye can see, however. The purpose of HDR then is to expand the exposure range that the camera can capture to more closely approximate what we see. This is done by combining a group of photographs of the same scene that have been intentionally both under and over exposed. These multiple exposures are combined using dedicated software to produce an image with a greater exposure range than the original single image can contain. The number of different exposures taken can vary, but for our purposes at least 3 are needed.
HDR Panoramic Photography is a combination of two fairly widely used photographic techniques, the making of panoramas with HDR photograph.
For more information and examples see HDR Panoramic Photography Tutorial



  1. For this Metadata Monday I would like you to guess the the number of images merged into this HDR panorama.
  2. Only one guess per person, per post.
  3. No editing your guess - you have to commit!
  4. All metadata has been stripped from the pictures, so don’t bother looking for the EXIF!
  5. We are not required to tell you what kind of camera was used, or what time of day the photo was taken at, or whether filters were involved (this adds to the mystery and the challenge!)
  6. Submissions are due by: Wednesday 11-00 UTC


I will be giving HIVE TIPS to winners which will translate to PhotoGames points on the Leaderboard

  • Game: "Metadata Monday"
    The 1st person to guess the number of images correctly (or closest): 7 Hive
    The 2nd person to guess the number of images correctly (or closest): 4 Hive



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For me there is a total of 9 pictures taken to take this HDR panorama (3 different position with 3 different light exposition each for the HDR) !


A bit more - it was 30 (6х5) :) Thanks for your participation!

Oh, yes just a bit 😅

So, it was a two-row panorama of 3 images in each row - 6 in total, and 5 shots with different exposures in each of 6. Total - 30 images.
Glad we have a clear winner :)
Congrats, 1st place!

YAY! That is awesome.

so a HDR panorama, never done that one :)

9 shots for 3 exposures so 27?

So, it was a two-row panorama of 3 images in each row - 6 in total, and 5 shots with different exposures in each of 6. Total - 30 images.
You were the closest to the exact number after the winner @sjarvie5 who guessed 30 :)
Congrats, 2nd place!

As for the technique itself, lately I've started to use it more often in difficult light conditions, both on a drone and with a camera, and usually I like the results.

so i missed it totally in technical aspects but was really close to guess it :D

Yep :) in fact, it is a funny part of many such games - you can guess right or almost right completely by chance.

Let's go with 5 photos

Slightly not enough, it was 30 :) Thank you for participating!

Holly moly. ;)

Slightly not enough, it was 30 :) Thank you for a try!

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A little more - it was 30 :) Thank you for participating!

I was going to say 5 but it is taken so let's say 6.

It seems to me that you forgot about the HDR part of the processing, so in total it was 30 images :)
Thanks for trying!

Yes, I did!
I realized it a little while later :)

@sharker, you were given LUV from @ykretz. About LUV:

Great idea to have some new Metadata game! :)
My guess is: 5 bracketing shots * 3 portraits = 15.

I thought it would be interesting :)
Slightly not enough, the number was 30. Thanks for trying!

So I missed 1 row of 3 shots. :) Thanks for the game!

5 vertical shots with a 5 shot HDR so 25, go big or go home!
Awesome image!

There were 30 of them, you were very close :) Great try, thank you!
It was a two-row panorama of 3 images in each row - 6 in total, and 5 shots HDR.

Awesome image!

Thanks a lot :)

I think 4 and 7 haven't been mentioned yet. So I pick 4.

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Hi @friendlymoose would you like to be a Photo Star? I sent you a chat request.

I've always wanted to be a Photo Star 😃
No, seriously. I would like to try.

Is that the Bee Chat? I've never used it before, it says it doesn't support Hivesigner.
Discord? friendlymoose#5717

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@jarvie would you talk to @friendlymoose on discord about being a photo star?

It was 30 :)
Thank you for a try!

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6 by 3 = 18 total images

You didn’t guess just with the number of images with different exposures, there were not 3, but 5. Thank you for trying!

It was 30 :) Thanks for participating!

It was 30 :)
Thanks for a try!

12 vertical photos x 3 exposures each = 36 total photos.

This number is slightly more than the answer - there were 30 images in total :) It was a two-row panorama of 3 images in each row - 6 in total, and 5 shots with different exposures in each of 6. Thanks for a try!

Thanks for the details! I was actually going to guess 30 but then I saw that @sjarvie5 had already chosen it. Dang! lol. Congratulations Sara!

Thanks @scottshots. Oh and I was just going to see if you and @fotostef would be a photo star again for week 7 (June 28-July 4) or 8 (July 5-July 12). It would be nice to have people do it each twice.

Hi @sjarvie5. Sorry I'm just getting to this. "Insanity" season has started with work. That and I have family coming into town in a couple days, for a couple weeks. I don't think it would be wise to commit to doing it again right now. Sorry about that.
But I've been enjoying the games when I have time to play. Thanks again!

thanks for the reply. :)

Hi Sara. Sorry for not answering before. My schedule has become very tight in a rather unpredictable way. I am keeping open the option for the last week but I am really not sure at all.

Thanks for letting me know. Keep me updated :)

Well, it’s not always possible to write first, I know that :)