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Milestone - Thank You!
It's been half a year since I have opened my pro account here at flickr. In these six months, I uploaded 100 photos, that received 47,000 total views, 2,675 comments and 1,479 favorites. 440 people added me as a contact. This is more than I would have ever expected.
Thanks a thousand times to all of you for your support! You have all been so generous to me.
The story of this photo:
This was shot in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (Rome). St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites. This place is humbling. It is 220 m (730 feet) long, 150 m (500 feet) wide and 138 m (452 feet)) high. The dome that you see here has a diameter of 42 m (137.7 feet). The basilica was built between 1506 and 1626.
The part of the basilica that you see here was designed and built by Michelangelo. The pavilion-like structure (called "St. Peter's baldachin" - "Baldacchino di San Pietro" in Italian) was entirely made from bronze by Gianlorenzo Bernini. It is 30 m (98 feet) tall and is claimed to be the largest piece of bronze in the world. [information taken from Wikipedia]
When you look at these numbers, you may get a feel for how great this place is. If you ever have the chance, you should go there! However, in July and August, you may find that you are not entirely alone there... if you know what I mean! ;-)
Take a look at my "HDR Cookbook"! It contains some more information on my techniques.
How it was shot:
> Taken handheld (Read more about the technique!)
> 4x3 autobracketed shots (three exposures each with 0, -2, +2 ev)
> Camera: Nikon D90
> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM
> Details can be found here
How it was stitched and tonemapped:
> Created 4 HDRs (32 bit) using Photomatix version 3.1
> Stitched the 4 HDRs using Photoshop and saved in OpenEXR format
> Tonemapped resulting panorama HDR using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
> Saved as 16bit TIF
> Take a look here for a more detailed description.
How it was post-processed:
> Post-processing was done in Photoshop [details]
> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
> Topaz Denoise [details]
> Saturation layer on the ceiling (yellows and reds)
> Saturation layer on the ceiling (blues)
> Saturation layer on the golden parts (yellows and reds)
> Saturation layer on the baldachin (yellows and reds)
> Vibrance layer on the baldachin (enhancing the bronze shine)
> Levels layer on the baldachin (brightening)
> Levels layer on the marble (brightening)
> Sharpening using the smart sharpen filter [details]
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