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Louvre at Night - Paris, France (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

The Louvre makes a great subject at night. All the buildings are awesomely illuminated and the white-lit pyramid in the middle really comes to life.


You know what they say about pyramids, don't you? The ancient ones, of course, have magical forces to the power of ten. But also "model pyramids are said to preserve foods, sharpen or maintain the sharpness of razor blades, improve health, trigger sexual urges, and cause other dramatic effects." [adapted from Wikipedia]


Now, here is your pyramid to do all this for you! To amplify this effect even more, I have added some more magic to it: The tip of the pyramid is exactly in the center of the image. Of course, I have no clue what that actually means in terms of your newly achieved super powers. But hey, it has to mean something, right?


May the force be with you!


Take a look at my "HDR Cookbook"! It contains some more information on my techniques.


How it was shot:

> Taken with a tripod

> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed

> Camera: Nikon D90

> Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6G ED VR

> Details can be found here


How it was tonemapped:

> Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

> Created the HDR from three JPEGs and saved the tonemapped result as 16bit TIF


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]

> Topaz Denoise [details]

> Sky of the tonemapped HDR replaced with the sky of the 0ev exposure (fix haloing and excessive noise)

> Levels layer on the sky to brighten it a bit

> Photo filter on the sky to get the blue tone

> Saturation layer on the sky to fine-tune the tones

> Levels layer on the foreground (anything but the sky) to get more contrast

> Saturation layer on the foreground (master, reds, yellows)

> Slight blue photo filter on the foreground to make it fit the sky better

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]



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Taken on August 14, 2009