Sorry i'm not posting an image for you to use but I just wanted to let you know that I think your method/software is truly going to be amazing! Even just for use to extract more accurate color/detail/dynamic range from your typically exposed photos.
Any idea on how long we might be looking at till it may be in product stage?
The easiest form for me to let people use it would be through a web page, i.e., uploading an image and then having it processed--being able to select the relative brightness or darkness multiplier; or being able to specify how many stops of + and - exposure to recapture in the HDR processing option.
I am working right now on porting it from Matlab to a C program using libjpeg for compressing and decompressing JPEG images.
Did anyone know that JPEG actually supports all sorts of color curves, and 16-bit per channel color depth all the way up to 64 bit color depth, and that is per channel??
The 8-bit "baseline" JPEGs that everyone is using are just the tip of the ice berg.
JPEGs are truly marvelous because they erase only data that is invisible to the human eye at first (separating the image into chroma and luminance channels), and then erasing more and more data until an 8x8 pixel grid is reduced to a single data point, which is obviously visible to the human eye.
It would be a miracle if cameras started to use gamma curves with JPEG images that had 16-bit color channels plus an extra 16-bit luminance channel. There would be no limit to the processing options then, just a limit to the sensors (16-bits of luminance could store 64,000+ levels of brightness without ANY noise or affect on color accuracy). And it would all fit into 64-bit data value sizes, which is a perfect match for new 64-bit computers (actually 64-bit systems were adopted by mainstream users almost 10 years ago). And the JPEG image compression method would give people the option to store it all at 10:1 compression or greater if they wanted to, without losing any visible information.
And then there would be no more proprietary RAW image formats.