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Chain Bridge - Budapest, Hungary (HDR) | by farbspiel
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Chain Bridge - Budapest, Hungary (HDR)

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Watch the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

 

Grab the source images and play with them as you wish.

 

The story of this photo:

Opened in 1849, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge is one of the famous attractions of Budapest. At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders. [adapted from Wikipedia]

 

On this trip, I actually had a tripod with me. Something that does not happen too often (shame on me). So, I went on a night shoot to capture some of those wonderfully lit buildings at the River Danube. I will probably post some of them in the coming weeks.

 

But now to something completely different: Have you ever had a troll in your stream? Well I did in the last couple of days. That guy turned up and started insulting me and my visitors in his very first post calling one of my images a "big load of crap" that "attracts a lot of flies" (which would be the visitors commenting on it). Would you believe it? After I replied, he started flooding the photo page with more lengthy insulting comments. When I found out that he has a history of doing such things, I blocked him. There are some strange people out there, so be cautious, guys.

 

Anyway, enjoy the photo!

 

Take a look at my "HDR Cookbook"! It contains some more information on my techniques.

 

How it was shot:

> Taken with a tripod

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

> Camera: Nikon D7000

> Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6G ED VR

> Details can be found here

 

How it was tonemapped:

> Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]

> Created one additional exposures in ACR (-4EV) to preserve highlights [details]

> Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix

> Tone-mapping: Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

 

How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Blending with the original +2EV exposure (sky)

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

> Topaz Denoise on the water [details]

> Topaz Infocus on the bridge for sharpening

> Saturation layer on the water (yellows)

> Curves layer on the water (enhancing the reflective look)

> Gaussian blur on some parts of the water for a smoother look

> Levels layer on the bridge (more contrast)

> Saturation layer on the bridge (yellows)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer on the lower thrid of the image (water)[details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Watermarking

 

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Learn these techniques at farbspiel-photo.com - View. Learn. Connect.

 

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Taken on May 6, 2011