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Wat Phra Kaeo (Grand Palace) - Bangkok, Thailand (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

This shot was taken at the Grand Palace of Bangkok. This place is huge with a number of different temples inside. It is not that easy to find a spot at the palace that is not crowded, let alone a spot with no people at all. On this trip, I used my new Sigma 10-20mm for the first time and this was one of the first shots with it.


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How it was shot:

> Handheld

> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR

> Camera: Nikon D90

> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM

> Details can be found here


How it was tonemapped:

> Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Created two layers for the sky and the rest for separate processing (using Topaz ReMask)

> Increased the blue tone in the sky

> Topaz DeNoise on the sky [details]

> Topaz Adjust on the rest of the image to enhance the details and the colors [details]

> Levels adjustment on the entire image to increase the contrast

> Saturation adjustment for a better color balance

> Sharpening on the buildings and the ground using the high-pass filter [details]



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Taken on March 13, 2010