Sunset Gate (HDR)

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The story of this photo:
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most famous and symbolic places in Berlin and probably in all of Europe. The Berlin wall was right in front of the gate, leaving it as a sign of imprisonment on the eastern side. I took this shot from Pariser Platz on the east side (former German Democratic Republic). When the Berlin wall was built, this place became the "death zone" where nobody could go. After the reunification in 1990, it became the center of the city again, this time being perceived as a symbol for peace and reunification.


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How it was shot:
> 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 tone-mapped:
> Preparation: developed the RAW files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
> Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix
> Tone-mapping: Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

How it was post-processed:
> Slight cropping to remove some objects at the edges
> 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 (more aggressively on the sky) [details]
> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
> Some retouch (fixing some artifacts in the sky)
> Global levels layer (increased contrast, brightening)
> Saturation layer on the sky (master, blues)
> Levels layer on (selective brightening)
> Saturation layer on the ground (desaturation)
> Levels layer on the ground (brightening)
> Saturation layer on the gate and surrounding buildings (master, yellows, tones down the blues)
> Levels layer on the gate and surrounding buildings (brightening)
> Photo filter (orange) on the face of the gate
> Saturation layer on the Quadriga (master)
> Levels layer on (brightening)
> Saturation and levels layers on the people (restore natural skin tone)
> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
> Watermarking
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  1. oybay© 46 months ago | reply

    This is exceptional.

  2. Deibid M. 45 months ago | reply

    Incredible processing! well done!!!

  3. Michael Locke 44 months ago | reply

    your photos are quite spectacular; how do you do it?

  4. mimbrava 44 months ago | reply

    I've been loving your work on G+. Now I can see it here on Flickr, too. I can't do the type of photography for which HDR is suited, but I know your tutorials will be extremely helpful to others who can. You're very generous.

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  5. Trig::Photographie 44 months ago | reply

    Definitely an instant fave for me!!

  6. Matthew Kenwrick 44 months ago | reply

    golden light, so precious

  7. scott masterton 43 months ago | reply

    I love all the converging/diverging lines in this shot, I also like the reflected golden light through the gate, as impressive as ever

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  8. Mező, Kornél (mostly away) 42 months ago | reply

    great light, love it

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  9. monchoparis 35 months ago | reply

    Very nice lighting Klaus !

  10. Adrian Evans Photography 33 months ago | reply

    excellent Klaus - just reading the making of it on your site

  11. eagle1effi 28 months ago | reply

    Best work !!
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  12. 1creol 28 months ago | reply

    Une beauté ! Quel jeu de lumière !!!!

  13. 27 months ago | reply

    very nice!

  14. Axe.Man 22 months ago | reply

    Awesome work!

  15. PicsaStock 19 months ago | reply

    Your photo is amazing and we are interested in licensing them. Please contact us if you are interested via
    Best wishes

  16. Rob_D3100 5 weeks ago | reply

    wonderful picture!! amazing colors !!!!!!

  17. Mrfto73 5 weeks ago | reply

    Can't wait to go there this year for a holiday :)

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