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Ethnographic Museum - Budapest, Hungary (HDR Vertorama)

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

 

The story of this photo:

I just came back from a short vacation today. 8 days almost without any online interaction. Sometimes I took a look or two to see what was going on, but very little activity from my part.

 

As I came back, I decided to finally finish this image. Somehow, I was not happy with it before I left. So I decided to let it rest. When I looked at it today, there was not much I could change. So, I figured it was finished. Maybe I am too hard on myself here. Judge for yourself. By the way, I wrote about letting your images rest in my latest HDR Cookbook recipe about "Why you need an artistic workflow". Take a look!

 

This images was shot in the Ethnographic Museum in Budapest. It was a hot and sunny day, and everyone was either taking a nice bath or they were visiting the parliament building right across the street. So, I was virtually alone.

 

Enjoy!

 

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

 

How it was shot:

> Taken handheld [details]

> 5x3 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 two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]

> Saved the images as TIFs

> Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]

> Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix

> Stitched the 5 tone-mapped 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 Infocus on the entire image for sharpening

> Saturation layer on the ceiling (desaturation)

> Saturation layer on the painting (master)

> Curves layer on the painting (more contrast)

> Saturation layer on the golden ornaments (master)

> Curves layer on the golden ornaments (more contrast)

> Saturation layer on the pillars (desaturation)

> Saturation layer on the gray part of the floor (desaturation)

> Curves layer on the floor (more contrast)

> Global saturation and levels layers (fine tuning colors and contrast)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Watermarking

 

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Taken on May 7, 2011