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Beyond Those Walls :: HDR :: Vertorama

My 3rd last post of the year! As all of u may have realised, I don't do vertorama shots very often cos I think I sux at it & being suxy at it simply give me the shits & drive me up the wall lol! I did this vertorama a couple of days ago out of a sudden impulse after finishing the landscape version. I thought a vertorama would allow us to better appreciate the details of the foreground in this case. Yes / No? Its all yours to judge :)) Well, better say YES if you want no shit on your face lol!

 

View SUPER LARGE On Black to hide behind the wall (sorry i think i saved in low res for easy upload)

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About

 

The Blazing Sunset at Maslin Beach, South Australia

 

The Shot

 

Total 9 shots :: 3 set of standard 3 exposure shot (+2..0..-2 EV) with tripod using Sigma 10-20mm lens

 

Photomatix

 

- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option

 

Photoshop

 

- Manual blending of 3 HDR shots to create the vertorama effect

- Added 2 layer mask effect of 'curves' to increase the contrast for the rocks & sky

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (reds) to decrease the tone of the sun

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (yellows) to desaturate the rocks

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (blues) to darken the top part of the sky

- Applied noise reduction on selective area

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

 

You

 

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

 

Music

 

Michael W Smith - Tear Down The Walls

 

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Taken on November 29, 2008