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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  1. Jared Peters 34 months ago | reply

    It amazes me how some people manage to achieve photos with such huge dynamic range. Really glossy looking!! Love it!

  2. jeepernestino 34 months ago | reply

    simply great! I like it very much!

  3. Bayan AlSadiq 34 months ago | reply

    The colors are so nice

  4. Luís Henrique Boucault 34 months ago | reply

    Nico shot! Well done!

  5. BarrÓn PráŠil 34 months ago | reply

    nice, nice, nice... :)

  6. DB__Photography 33 months ago | reply

    What an incredibly great pic, one of the best HDR pics i have seen yet!

  7. ShaneSinclair 32 months ago | reply

    Love the before and after. Shows what can really be done when you know what you're doing.

  8. CHATCHAI-ROMBIX 32 months ago | reply

    Very professional Klaus, perfect !!!

  9. CESAR EG Photos 30 months ago | reply

    fantastic photo !

  10. Marcello Bardi 29 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.

  11. nziegemeier 27 months ago | reply

    Great pictures Klaus! Love your style! I hope I can do something like this too someday ..... ;)

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  13. Ύψιλον Έψιλον 23 months ago | reply

    great work !! well done :)

  14. Eric Dewar Photography 22 months ago | reply

    amazing photo and nice watermark idea!!!

  15. jutfotos 20 months ago | reply

    Wonderful !

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