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The Cloister - Monreale Abbey, Italy (HDR) [Explored] | by farbspiel
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The Cloister - Monreale Abbey, Italy (HDR) [Explored]

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Explored! Highest position: 499 on Monday, October 25, 2010

Man, this one barely snuck in! After two of my last three uploads scratched Explore without being picked up by Scout , this one finally got recorded. :-)


The story of this photo:

It seem that every serious HDR photographer needs to have a few standard shots in his/her portfolio. Some abandoned car wreck, some shot from under a bridge, some shot of a pier going out into the sea, some sunset shot with rocks and water in the foreground, a cloister shot etc etc etc.


I have made a shocking discovery: I have none of these in my stream!!!


Now is the time to change this! So here is a cloister shot. :-)


This was shot in the abbey of Monreale in Italy. I have tried to recreate the wonderful light that I experienced when I was there. Unfortunately, my time there was quite limited and there were a lot of other people there. So, no chance of shooting this without those tourists. I upgraded to Photomatix Pro 4.0 recently, so this was a chance to test the semi-automatic deghosting feature. It worked reasonably well. Anyway, just ignore the people and enjoy the cloister!


If you are interested, take a look at my "HDR Cookbook". It contains some more information on my workflow and techniques.


How it was shot:

> Taken handheld [details]

> 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:

> Preparation: Developed the RAW files in ACR mainly for CA correction [details]

> HDR creation and tonemapping using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

> Saved as 16bit TIF


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Transformation correction (straightening, slight partial distortion correction to make the image symmetrical)

> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]

> Topaz Denoise on the entire image [details]

> Levels layer on the sky (brightening)

> Levels layer on the floor (more contrast)

> Saturation layer on the floor (slight desaturation)

> Levels layer on the plants (darkening)

> Levels layer on the masonry (more contrast)

> Levels layer on the ceiling (more contrast)

> Saturation layer on the ceiling (master)

> Global saturation layer (master)

> Global levels layer (fine-tuning contrast)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Watermarking



Learn these techniques at - View. Learn. Connect.


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Taken on August 8, 2010