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New Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey (HDR Vertorama) - [Explored] | by farbspiel
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New Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey (HDR Vertorama) - [Explored]

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Explored: Highest position: 83 on Saturday, December 31, 2011


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


The story of this photo:

It has been quite a while since the last image I published. During this time, I built my new website So, please apologize my inactivity over the last few weeks. The new website integrates all the information I provide. It is the new home of the HDR Cookbook. I'd be happy if you pay me a visit. If you like it, feel free to subscribe and tell your friends. :-)


Well, now I am back to creating images more regularly, and I am going to end this year with this HDR Vertorama shot from the New Mosque in Istanbul. In Turkish, this place is called Yeni Camii. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.


The source photos were actually quite a mess. I discovered too late (at home) that they were much too dark. You can also verify this in the Before-and-After Comparison. I had quite a hard time fixing this and squeezing the tones at the high end out again. I hope it's not too obvious.


This will be my last image for this year. I wish you and your loved ones a happy new year!




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


How it was shot:

> Taken hand-held [details]

> 4x3 autobracketed shots (0EV, -2EV, +2EV)

> Camera: Nikon D7000

> Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 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

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

> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening

> Some perspective correction and cropping

> Some retouching to fix stitching errors (due to hand-held shooting)

> Global saturation and levels layers for better contrast and colors

> Saturation layer on the windows (blues, cyans)

> Selective contrast using levels layers on some parts of the ceiling

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Lightening the center part of the ceiling using a masked levels layer

> Watermarking



Learn these techniques at - View. Learn. Connect.


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Taken on October 9, 2011