De Leie vanop de grasbrug net na zonsondergang / The Leie river seen from the Grasbrug, Gent, Belgium




This is the Leie river which runs through the city of Gent seen from the Grasbrug (bridge) just after sunset.


If you would turn around, you would see the St-Michielskerk.


The shot


Standard 3 exposures HDR on a tripod using the Sigma 10-20mm lens.




A little crop with perspective to correct the perspective distortion of the Sigma 10-20mm lens for object that are close by.

Added a little 'Curves' and masked it away on everything but the river.

Added a little saturation.

Decreased the saturation and lightness and masked that away on everything but the river, because the river looked unnaturally blue.

There was a bit too much noise in the dark part of the river so I applied a gaussian blur and brushed that away -using the history brush- everywhere except on the dark patch in the river.

Added brightness, inverted the mask (ctrl-i) and painted it back in, in the cloud parts using several steps of opacity of the brush.

Sharpened the image a bit using the unsharp mask to make the buildings pop.

There were a few artifacts around the light reflections in the water, blurred those away with the blur tool.




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


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Taken on March 29, 2008