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Palermo Harbor - Palermo, Italy (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

This was shot in the harbor of Palermo in Italy. Floating into a harbor with a big cruise ship is an impressive experience. When this huge ship maneuvers into the harbor, it is usually very early in the morning and it is a quiet atmosphere. People standing on the railing and just watching. Some are, of course, taking photos. ;-)


I had to make this from a pseudo HDR since the ship was moving which led to parallax effects. This is very hard to align and causes ghosting and blur.


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


Success story:

This photo was featured in the Explore D90 Content from August 26th to August 31st 2010 (highest position: #3). It is/was also featured in the The Top30 HDR Images in August on


How it was shot:

> Handheld

> Single exposure (pseudo HDR)

> 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)


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]

> Saturation layer on the mountain (master, yellows)

> Levels layer on the mountain (increased contrast)

> Photo filter on the water (Cooling Filter (82))

> Photo filter on the water (cyan, just on the bottom part using a gradient mask)

> Saturation layer on the sky (master to enhance the blue tones)

> Levels layer on the clouds (slight increase in contrast)

> Saturation layer on the quay and the harbor (yellows)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Selective sharpening on the clouds using the high-pass filter [details]



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Taken on August 8, 2010