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Merry Christmas My Flickr Babies! :: HDR

Highest Position - Explore #180 | 22.12.2008 (Thank you always for your support! :D)

 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank each & everyone of you for a fantastic 8 months i've in flickr! Never in my mind would i have thought that i could make so many good & fun friends here! This hobby is probably like a dream come true for me ! i'm really overwhelmed by the huge support i've here!

 

Therefore thank you all so so much !!! To all who visit my photostream everyday ... huge thanks for your constant comments or faves even when i fail to visit your photostream at times! Rest assured I know who you are & they mean a lot to me :D & also to those who have been silently following my photostream, i really appreciate your visits every time you pop over :) I may not really know who you are but everyone of you truly makes my day in every aspect :)

 

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HAVE A MERRY LITTLE XMAS TO YOU & ALL AT HOME! STAY HEALTHY & SMILEY!

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About

 

The giant Christmas tree at Victoria Square, in Adelaide's city centre

 

The Shot

 

Standard 3 exposure shot (+2..0..-2 EV) taken handheld using Sigma DC HSM 10-20mm lens

 

Photomatix

 

- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option

 

Photoshop

 

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'curves' to increase the contrast

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (blues) to enhance the sky

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (reds) to desaturate the fences

- Corrected the corner angle fence to make it look more symmetrical as the fences are rectangular instead of a perfect square

- Added in a bit of glitter at the top of the tree to make the star sparkle

- Used 'unsharp mask' (as always) on the background layer

 

You

 

All comments, criticism and tips for improvements are (as always) welcome

 

Music

 

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas

 

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