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Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA

A postcard view of the Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA. I was lucky to have these nice clouds, but the church was completely in the shade and the sky was very bright behind.


I double-processed the RAW in ACR, once reducing brightness and adding a lot of "recover" slider to get details in the sky. That made the church and foreground very dark. Then I processed for the church makng it brighter. The blend was a bit tricky because of all the fine details in the tree branches. Unfortunately many of those fine details got lost in the masking, but I had to keep the details in the sky. Very slight Imagenomic noiseware reduction on the sky, only on the blue and cyan channels. Lots of Nik Viveza to warm and brighten the buildings. and Nik Tonal Contrast to get some detail on the stone. If the sun had been on the other side it would have been much nicer.

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Taken on March 8, 2011