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Stormy Sydney Opera House :: HDR

Highest Position - Explore #1 | 10.03.2009 (Thank u all for ur support!)

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This shot is esp for Mark (Markeloper) who has requested to see a Sydney icon from me a long while ago.


To me, this is considerably a lame Sydney Opera House shot as there are heaps of awesome ones here in flickr. Its hard to get a good compo esp when i'm not on a boat & wide angle lens makes everything look so small too. Since i'm in the midst of trying to gain my momentum back, I thought I better post this while i still remember just in case it slips off my mind which has been happening rather often lately :) I think i'm going senile soon haha! i just hope i still rem to login to flickr in time to come :)) Also, thanks so much for your kind words.. i will be taking a long break soon in about 3 weeks time so i will do my best to post all my remaining shots before that :) Take care & have a wonderful Tuesday!


View LARGE On Black to feel the storm





The Sydney Opera House, Australia


The Shot


Standard 3 exposure shot (+2..0..-2 EV) taken handheld using Sigma DC HSM 10-20mm lens




- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option




- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'curves' to increase the contrast

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (master) to slightly decrease the overall saturation

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (yellows) to enhance the dramatic sky

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (reds) to tone the opera house

- Blended 1 layer mask effect of 0 EV single tonemapped hdr shot to correct the ripples & slight boat movement

- Stamp cloned away some stained marks from the lens

- Used 'unsharp mask' (as always) on the background layer




All comments, criticism and tips for improvements are (as always) welcome




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Taken on December 27, 2008