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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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  1. chris frick 53 months ago | reply

    Schön klare Zeichnun und ausgewogene Farbtiefe.

  2. StGrundy 53 months ago | reply

    Love your work

    It's finally Friday! Time to Celebrate the end of the work week.

    Quote of the day:

    ““To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
    ~ Elliott Erwitt

    Via your photostream on Fluidr

  3. Ah Lamb 53 months ago | reply

    strangely its looks more like a painting than a photo, but rightly so the lines r amazing.

  4. David Alan Robillard 53 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous may be one of favorites that you've posted. Congratulations--Dave

  5. harry.harlem 53 months ago | reply

    Very very impressive work. Great technique, great attention to detail and quite professional. And many thanks for giving a clear outline and description of how you did it. Great!

  6. Edwinjones 53 months ago | reply

    Superb detail as usual

  7. antelope reflection 53 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colors and view.

  8. Bakar_88 53 months ago | reply

    Another amazing work!! Just Great !!

  9. Spokeannie 53 months ago | reply

    A-MAZE-ing! You are the undisputed HDR king!

  10. evelyng23 53 months ago | reply

    so beautiful!

  11. A.G. Photographe 53 months ago | reply

    really really impressive work !

  12. fabrymondino|photography 52 months ago | reply

    congratulations, very very fantastic work!

  13. Rex M Photography [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

    stunning collection,excellent work my friend!

  14. Darlene Hildebrandt 49 months ago | reply

    wow, I'm actually speechless! beyond stunning! great processing, I teach HDR at a local college and I'm going to check out your cookbook for my students as a resource

  15. Marcello Bardi 49 months ago | reply

    Another great masterpiece my dear friend!
    Fantastic shot and very wonderful processed !
    Ciao and please visit my gallery again.
    See you soon......Marcello.

  16. quader™ [deleted] 47 months ago | reply


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