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The Royal Arcade, Melbourne :: HDR | by :: Artie | Photography :: Travel ~ Oct
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The Royal Arcade, Melbourne :: HDR

I rem this is quite a tricky one to shoot. I wanted a full perspective of this mall but there are too many obstructing blocks, shoppers, a cafe stall & rubbish bin in the middle of arcade to even get a nice shot out of it. This compo does not look too shabby & any symmetrical shot does it for me! :P A great monday to all too!


View LARGE On Black to window shop





The Royal Arcade in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


The Royal Arcade is built in 1869. It is a distinctive Victorian Arcade with high glass roof and windowed stores, filled with fashion and specialty shops and displays the statues of the mythical figures Gog and Magog and a charming clock that chimes on the hour.


The Shot


Standard 3 exposure shot (+2..0..-2 EV) with gorillapod on top of a bin using Sigma

DC HSM 10-20mm lens




- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option




- Added 2 layer mask effect of 'curves' to adjust contrast for different part

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

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (reds) to reduce the lightings

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'level' to slightly darken the glass displays

- Applied slight unsharp mask




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




The Jackson 5 - Window Shopping



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Taken on September 12, 2009