The Docks - Palermo, Italy (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

This was shot as we slowly floated into the harbor of Palermo, Italy on the AIDAbella cruise ship. When I was shooting this, I was bracketing the shot as usual. But I did not think that I would get these shots aligned properly as there was a parallax effect since I was moving. I was quite surprised that Photomatix somehow managed to cope with this. This is another proof for my most important rule: Always bracket, no matter what! :-)




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How it was shot:

> Taken handheld [details]

> 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:

> HDR creation and tonemapping using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

> Saved 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 on the water, the sky and the rest of the photo with different strength [details]

> Saturation layer on the sky (master)

> Saturation layer on the clouds (slight desaturation)

> Levels layer on the clouds (increase of contrast)

> Saturation layer on the water (master)

> Curves layer on the water (more contrast to enhance the reflective look)

> Levels layer on the docks etc. (slight increase of contrast)

> Saturation layer on the docks etc. (master)

> Saturation layer on the foreground dock and some ships (slight desaturation)

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter (different strengths on the water and on the rest of the photo) [details]

> Watermarking



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Taken on August 8, 2010