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St. Martin's Cathedral (HDR Vertorama)

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The story of this photo:
St. Martin's Cathedral in Mainz, Germany is 1000 years old and its interior is predominantly Romanesque. This style is much simpler than that of later churches with very little decorations. The big challenge in terms of photography was the notable lack of light, even on this sunny day. I had to go as low as 1/8s on the brightest exposure here. Of course, tripods were not allowed. This was quite a challenge in post-processing.

Nevertheless, I hope you like the result.


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

How it was shot:
> Taken hand-held [see here and here]
> 4x3 auotbracketed shots (0, -2, +2EV)
> Camera: Nikon D7000
> Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
> Details can be found here

How it was stitched and tonemapped:
> CA reduction and white balance correction in ACR [details]
> Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]
> Saved the images as TIFFs
> Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
> Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix (Details Enhancer option)
> Stitched the 4 tone-mapped TIFFs using Photoshop

How it was post-processed:
> Post-processing was done in Photoshop
> Perspective correction using the transformation tools
> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
> Photo filter layer on the ornaments (yellow)
> Levels layer on the ornaments (more contrast)
> Saturation layer on the ornaments (master, lightness)
> Saturation layer on the carpets at the bottom (desaturation)
> Levels layer on the paintings (more contrast)
> Saturation layer on the paintings (master)
> Vibrance layer on the paintings (more vibrance)
> Photo filter layer on the yellow walls (yellow)
> Levels layer on the yellow walls (more contrast)
> Saturation layer on the yellow walls (master)
> Saturation layer on the red walls (master)
> Photo filter layer on the dome (orange/yellow)
> Saturation layer on the ceiling (desaturation)
> Many detail adjustments of contrast to preserve the highlights and shadows
> Global saturation and levels layers (fine tuning colors and contrast)
> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
> Watermarking
Learn these techniques at farbspiel-photo.com - View. Learn. Connect.
- Thanks for viewing!

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  1. Terry G Alexander 41 months ago | reply

    Seamless blending. Well done.

  2. Jjbchic 41 months ago | reply

    It is always a pleasure to see your work. Once again, excellent composition!

  3. Sue In Clearwater 41 months ago | reply

    Simply amazing work. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Mr Instructor 41 months ago | reply

    Super details Klaus.

  5. i.rashid007 41 months ago | reply

    Brilliant capture !

  6. Mike Warren CHS 41 months ago | reply

    Stunning processing.

  7. AnZanov 41 months ago | reply

    Wonderful vertorama Klaus: I like the difference in the light from left to right
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

  8. Marco Waagmeester 41 months ago | reply

    Beautiful work and result Klaus, Great processing!

  9. awhyu 41 months ago | reply

    beatiful hdr there klaus, the treatment the whole lot is a wonder


  10. Terapixel² 40 months ago | reply

    Amazing work with the colors!

  11. fahmisamsudin 40 months ago | reply

    what a beautiful shoots !

  12. Eduardo Godin 40 months ago | reply

    You never cease to amaze me!!

  13. silverfox107 39 months ago | reply

    Impressive shot

  14. FRANCIS DE GUAY (VERY BUSY) 38 months ago | reply

    WOW!!! Fantastic shot!!!
    very beautiful work !!!
    Excellent image

  15. pepico 33 months ago | reply

    Invitada a/Invited to HDR SCENES

  16. Justabird2 (more off then on :) 33 months ago | reply

    You are so talented, Klaus. I do admire those who can process HDR so well. It isn't easy and takes time. Your work is flawless! Of course it starts with a great eye for perspective, composition and creativity!! I love how you saw this and then captured it. The tone and texture you achieve is stunning. It's like I could just step right up and into this image. It is really quite amazing, Sir. Please, keep up your wonderful skill!! We love viewing it!!! :) angie from FL (2 postings a day allowed)

    "Hi, my name is Angie aka Justabird2, and I am VP of Howard and Caz's Gallery. Only exemplary work on a Platinum Level is invited. Once posted (2 images a day allowed) in the pool it will have it's last viewing by the Senior Art Director. If approved your image will take a permanent seat of honor amongst the finest of Flickr images. That is what makes HCG different and unique to Flickr. I believe, in my opinion, this wonderful image of yours belongs with this high quality Gallery! Please, take a look at Howard and Caz's Gallery and if it is to your liking I would be honored for you to post your marvelous work. Your hard work and effort is appreciated and I look forward to seeing more of your talent. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time and consideration. Angie, VP"

  17. eschoeff 30 months ago | reply

    Great! A very differnt view! Wow...

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