No. 45 (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

This shot was taken in Sidi Bou Said, a place near Tunis where many artists (also western artists) were staying to seek inspiration. All buildings in this town are white with blue windows and doors.


I think a door is a fitting metaphor for this time of the year: We are leaving the past year behind us and enter a new year, uncertain of what lies behind this opening door but with high hopes, ready to meet new people and make new experiences. May this door bring new inspiration to you and your loved ones.


Ok, that was the philosophical part, and now to the photo: ;-) I know that some HDR purists may argue that the walls are slightly blown out in some areas. Well, believe it or not, but I did this on purpose in post-processing despite the fact that the details were actually present in the image data. This was a very bright day under the Mediterranean sun and it was about noon. All those white walls in this town created an extremely bright ambient light that was quite unique. In fact, many of those walls actually appeared blown out to my eyes because the dynamic range was so big. I was trying to recreate this in the photo while retaining as much detail as possible.




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


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:

> Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]

> HDR creation and tonemapping using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

> Saved as 16bit TIF


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Slight perspective correction to straighten the important lines in the photo

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

> Topaz Denoise [details]

> Saturation and photo filter layers on the floor to enhance the red tones

> Saturation layer on the white wall (slight desaturation)

> Saturation layer on the blues (master)

> Levels layer on the blues (brightening)

> Saturation layer on the blacks (desaturation)

> Levels layer on the blacks (darkening)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Watermarking



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- Thanks for viewing!

  • saahmadbulbul 5y

    Dear friend,

    I was on holiday for last few days in Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. So have not get chance to be in touch with you. However, for the first time I got chance to see world best and well know Sydney fire works.

    Happy new year 2011

    Thanks for your visit to my photo stream and your comments.

    Happy New Year once again.

    - Salahuddin Ahmad
  • der.bär 5y

    Wonderful shot and great processing Klaus.
    I wish you all the best in 2011 and again such wonderful and leading shots as in 2010.

  • *HSF* 5y

    Punchy sharp and clean!
  • Flick'gAbility PRO 5y

    What an interesting door, when captured in this fashion... very nice work, farbspiel!
  • Pawel Papis 5y

    outstanding work !!! love real beauty colors and textures !

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Dave Berryman 5y

    You sure have an impressive photostream. Lots of details and colors.

    Thanks for stopping by.
  • Christopher Chan PRO 5y

    I love how vibrant the blue is !

    Exceptional work, congrats !
  • Flash Media Creations 5y

    fantastic my friend!! loving ur pics.......... to good!! :)
  • Björn Burton 5y

    Great shot love the color!
  • Toni PRO 5y

    excellent work !
  • carlosbezz 4y

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:

  • ABDELMOUMEN Abderrahmen 4y

    my beautiful country , I love you Tunisia
  • Matthew Healy 4y

    The contrast in colour here is amazing.
  • Bayan AlSadiq 4y

    Love it
  • anaclarasouza 4y

    Uau! Congratulations!!!
  • mannaa tarek 3y

    this is my contry i lovet sidi bou se3id ♥
  • Dr. Anirban Sinha PRO 3y

    Majestic detail and colours!
  • blues 2y

  • Hans-Joachim Paape PRO 1mo

    Super !!!!!
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Taken on August 6, 2010
  • 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
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