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Natural History Museum - London, United Kingdom (HDR) | by farbspiel
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Natural History Museum - London, United Kingdom (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

I have been in London a few days ago. Surprisingly, I had a little spare time. So I went to the National History Museum with my little Nikon P6000. Of course this camera is by far not as capable and versatile as the D90. For some reason, I could not switch it to autobracketing mode. So I had to set the exposure manually. Despite all of these difficulties, I managed to get three decent shots of the main hall. I am quite surprised about the result - not up to the D90 standard, but still acceptably good.




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Success story:

> This photo was featured in the Explore Coolpix P6000 content from November 14th to January 27th 2011 as the top photo shot with the P6000.

> It is/was also featured in the The Top30 HDR Images in November 2010 on

> It is an Editor's Pick at "HDR Spotting".


How it was shot:

> Taken using a balustrade as support

> Three raw exposures (0, -2, +2 ev)

> Camera: Nikon P6000

> Lens: Built in

> 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)

> Semi-automatic deghosting on the people

> Saved as 16bit TIF


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

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

> Topaz Denoise on the entire image [details]

> Saturation layer on the black elements (slight desaturation)

> Levels layer on the black elements (darkening)

> Saturation layer on Charles Darwin (slight desaturation)

> Levels layer on Charles Darwin (slight contrast correction and darkening)

> Saturation layer on the windows at the far end (master)

> Saturation layer on the people (slight desaturation to make the skin tones more natural)

> Levels layer on the frames at the far end (darkening)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Watermarking



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Taken on November 9, 2010