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The story of this photo:

I took this shot in a hotel in Budapest. Actually, I did not realize that this was a hotel until I looked it up in Google Maps a few minutes ago. Anyway, it was in the afternoon and the sun was shining in illuminating the ceiling in nice yellow tones. This was actually a part of a larger vertorama shot. However, when I stitched all the shots together, the overall composition was not really good. So I decided to use only a part of the scene. Therefore, this is a rather small vertorama. Nevertheless, it is one. :-)


I almost forgot to mention that I was invited by Topaz Labs to contribute to their Pro Insight Blog section. You can find my article here: Integrating Topaz Adjust in your HDR Workflow. Accoring to the increase in traffic here and on the HDR Cookbook, quite a few people read it. I hope you find it useful too.




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


How it was shot:

> Taken with a tripod

> 3x3 autobracketed shots (three exposures each with 0, -2, +2 EV)

> Camera: Nikon D7000

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

> Details can be found here


How it was stitched and tonemapped:

> Created TIFFs from the RAW files in ACR - reducing CA [details] and setting the same white balance for each shot

> Created additional exposures with -4EV and +4EV with ACR to control the highlights and shadows [details]

> Created 3 tone-mapped images from the TIFF files using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

> Saved the images as 16bit TIFs

> Stitched the 3 TIFs using Photoshop


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 (very lightly to remove the remaining noise) [details]

> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening

> Saturation layer on the ornaments and the wall in the upper part (desaturation)

> Levels layer on the ornaments and the wall in the upper part (contrast)

> Saturation layer on the balustrade (desaturation)

> Levels layer on the balustrade (contrast)

> Global saturation layer (master)

> Levels layer on the middle part (brightening)

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Watermarking



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Taken on May 6, 2011