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Swabian Gem - Weingarten, Germany (HDR Vertorama)

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Success story:
> This photo is/was featured in the The Top30 HDR Images in April 2011 on hdrlabs.com.
> It is an Editor's Pick at "HDR Spotting"

The story of this photo:
This is another photo from the Basilika St. Martin in Weingarten, Germany. On this beautiful sunny day, I had a lot of luck. The sun illuminated the church and there were virtually no tourists there. I was excited about the photos. But when I came back home, it became obvious that the dynamic range was too much for the hand-held AEB series I took. I had to learn a lot and do some extensive experiments to find out how to deal with this. But still, the post-processing of this image was cumbersome. While the original 0EV images were stitched perfectly by Photoshop, the tone-mapped images refused to stitch properly. Artifacts occurred were the images would not fit together perfectly. Usually, if you run several stitching attempts, you may be lucky and PS finds the right way to stich the images as some elements of this process are randomized. Not with this image. Yet another opportunity to learn something new since I had to fix these by hand cutting out pieces of the image and applying the right deformation by hand. Afterwards, I cleaned up using the clone stamp and the healing brush. Finally, the remaining post-processing was difficult too. The steps listed below are really only a rough estimate of the real process.

I hope all the work pays off and you like it!


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

How it was shot:
> Taken handheld (Read more about the technique!)
> 5x3 autobracketed shots (three exposures each, with 0, -2, +2 ev)
> Camera: Nikon D90
> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM
> Details can be found here

How it was stitched and tonemapped:
> Converted the RAWs to TIFFs using Adobe Camera RAW with the Five TIFFs method
> Tone-mapped the resulting 5x5 TIFFs using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)
> Saved the images as 16bit TIFFs
> Stitched the 5 TIFFs using Photoshop
> Take a look here for a more detailed description.

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 (more aggressively on some parts) [details]
> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
> Saturation layer on the white walls (desaturation)
> Levels layer on the white walls (more contrast)
> Separate levels layer on the dome (brightness and contrast)
> Saturation layer on the paintings (master)
> Separate treatment of the culprit, the organ, the floor and the wooden parts using levels and saturation layers
> Saturation layers on selected parts of the ceiling (colorizing)
> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
> Watermarking
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  1. C. Roy Yokingco 47 months ago | reply

    Excellent capture and processing.

  2. antelope reflection 47 months ago | reply

    Thanks for visiting my site. Your photos are stunning !

  3. Jesse Sivey 47 months ago | reply

    beautifully done!

  4. Rubymurry 47 months ago | reply

    Love the distortion. Great composition. The alignments works very well.

  5. rootswalker 47 months ago | reply

    Wow! incredible detail

  6. nigel_xf 47 months ago | reply

    Eine der schönsten HDR-Innenaufnahmen, die ich je gesehen habe! Meisterhaft!

    War gerade auf deiner Kochbuchseite ... toll. Muss das mal mit Sinn und Verstand in Ruhe durcharbeiten. Mein Englisch ist nicht so gut, dass ich das alles sofort verstehe.

  7. marinela 2008 47 months ago | reply

    Superb ! Congrats !

  8. Meanwhile in nowhere 47 months ago | reply

    Im in awe :) & Thanks alot for giving details about the method you use as it helps others grow and get better!

  9. Kevin. B. 46 months ago | reply

    Amazing Image. I am particularly impressed with the amount of detail in it. Its difficult to maintain that in hdr images sometimes.

  10. WOGO* 46 months ago | reply

    Superb...great stream! :)

  11. Ali's view 46 months ago | reply

    Powerful compositions, wonderful work!

  12. philipleemiller 46 months ago | reply

    What more can one say? This is simply superb in all respects. The 10mm gives this the "how did he do that?" feel. Technically excellent. But it is the light, detail and curved columns that is mesmerizing.

  13. scott masterton 45 months ago | reply

    once again, a stunning and beautiful shot full of detail, your pov on these shots also works so well

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  14. Thru Mikes Viewfinder 44 months ago | reply

    Man, these perspectives you're getting at 10mm are just amazing! Sure makes me want that lens. :-)

  15. Lapse of the Shutter 43 months ago | reply

    I really like these 'Vertoramas'. You've made the perspective changes throughout the image seem very natural.

  16. Jonah Rice 43 months ago | reply

    Great Photo!

  17. el*sa *off* [deleted] 14 months ago | reply

    Ein faszinierendes Motiv! Wunderbare Bearbeitung und Bildgestaltung!
    Gesehen in Deinem Fotostream

  18. horstmall 11 months ago | reply

    Herrlich gemacht, hier hat die HDR-Fotografie wirklich etwas Besonderes hervorgebracht!

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