The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XL-5/W4
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W4, 325–330, 2015
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-5/W4, 325–330, 2015

  18 Feb 2015

18 Feb 2015


G. Kontogianni, E. K. Stathopoulou, A. Georgopoulos, and A. Doulamis G. Kontogianni et al.
  • Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens – 15780 Zografou Athens, Greece

Keywords: Feature detection, High dynamic range, Tone mapping, Architectural Scenes

Abstract. 3D reconstruction relies on accurate detection, extraction, description and matching of image features. This is even truer for complex architectural scenes that pose needs for 3D models of high quality, without any loss of detail in geometry or color. Illumination conditions influence the radiometric quality of images, as standard sensors cannot depict properly a wide range of intensities in the same scene. Indeed, overexposed or underexposed pixels cause irreplaceable information loss and degrade digital representation. Images taken under extreme lighting environments may be thus prohibitive for feature detection/extraction and consequently for matching and 3D reconstruction. High Dynamic Range (HDR) images could be helpful for these operators because they broaden the limits of illumination range that Standard or Low Dynamic Range (SDR/LDR) images can capture and increase in this way the amount of details contained in the image. Experimental results of this study prove this assumption as they examine state of the art feature detectors applied both on standard dynamic range and HDR images.