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Christmas at Pioneer Courthouse Square at Blue Hour - HDR

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This picture was shot on a tripod with three exposures (-2..0..+2.. EV). I used Photomatix Pro to create the HDR with tone mapping and detail enhanced. I increased the overall saturation with Hue/Saturation in Photoshop. 1 layer mask for the sky to increase drama. Curve adjustment to increase the overall contrast.1 layer mask in soft light mode at 50% gray, using brush tool to lighten and darken some areas of the image, to bring out details. Used Nik Sharpener Pro to sharpen image.

 

Captured this on the last night before the tree was taken down. A different perspective of the Christmas Tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland Oregon. See my comment below for other shots of the tree.

 

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Taken on January 2, 2012