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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns, Far North Queensland :: HDR | by :: Artie | Photography :: Travel ~ Oct
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns, Far North Queensland :: HDR

Always wanted an exterior shot of the train while i'm in it. It proved to be rather challenging.. not becos it is still moving .. but cos everyone in front of you wanted the same shot too. If you don't wish to take the back of someone else's head, well you just gotta fight it out & stretch a bit further than others.. the spirit of olympic baby! someone gotta win lol! That's me! I will do it even if i'm half way out of the windows :D The train was moving quite slowly fortunately at the bend so that makes 3 shots rather easy too.

 

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About

 

Through the Tropical Rainforest From Cairns to Kuranda Via the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Far North Queensland, Australia

 

The Shot

 

Standard 3 exposure shot (+2..0..-2 EV) in RAW taken handheld

 

Camera :: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens :: Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L USM

 

Photomatix

 

- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option

 

Photoshop

 

- Blended a 0 EV tonemapped hdr to correct the slight movement of the train

- Added 3 layer mask effect of 'curves' for selective contrast

- Added 2 layer mask effect of 'level' for selective brightness

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (reds) to tone down the red cabins

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (cyans) to tone down the front cabin

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (yellows & greens) to darken the vegetations

- Applied slight 'unsharp mask' on background layer

 

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Taken on May 22, 2011