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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  1. Amalianda_ 49 months ago | reply

    Fantastica !!!

  2. Ŕі 49 months ago | reply

    Bellissima complimenti

  3. 49 months ago | reply

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    There are 3 parts of the competition, 2 parts are currently under development:

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  4. monykah 49 months ago | reply

    Amazing Composition

  5. Bryan Koorstad 49 months ago | reply

    This photo is so amazingly beautiful. I was instantly envious that you were there to see such an awesome scene. I really like the post processing as well. Two thumbs up from my end.

  6. GL550D 48 months ago | reply

    Awesome pic. Great composition, And great HDR.

  7. Kostas Trovas 47 months ago | reply

    Fantastic HDR!!

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  9. My Grand Observatory 46 months ago | reply

    My eyes are wide open! had no reason to exclude this. hope you don't mind :)

  10. Rey Cuba 45 months ago | reply

    what a very good realization, great photo

  11. Aldoplus79 43 months ago | reply


  12. Marcello Bardi 40 months ago | reply

    BELLA !
    BELLA !
    BELLA !

    Ciao, Marcello.

  13. Terricenum 40 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful view of the harbor of my city!

  14. Marcello Bardi 40 months ago | reply

    Another great masterpiece my dear friend!
    Fantastic shot and very wonderful processed !
    Ciao and please visit my gallery again.
    See you soon......Marcello.

  15. matteo.0512 38 months ago | reply

    I love this photo!

  16. ImranAnwar 38 months ago | reply

    Magnificent work

  17. ozzy139 37 months ago | reply

    Beautiful photos

  18. hooby-marburg 32 months ago | reply

    WOW, WOW, WOW..

    man könnte darüber streiten, ob das Blau zu intensiv ist, aber das ist marginal.
    Die blaue dominante Atmosphere ist ungeheuer verführerisch, die Kai Mauer führt den Betrachter wunderbar ins Zentrum, auf diese Halbinsel, mit den filigranen Details.
    Ein purer Augenschmaus die Wolken über der ganzen Szene, der weite weite Blick zum Horizont....

    ach, einfach eine Augenweide, ein Genuss, ein Freude
    das HDR "Handwerk" auf so einem hohen Niveau erleben zu dürfen.

    Deine fantastischen Tutorials können garnicht genug gelobt werden. Deine grossartige, herraus ragende Arbeit ist die beste Werbung, die sich HDR vorstellen kann.

    BRAVO Klaus !!!!!!!

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