Ascent From London Underground

November 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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This is a shot from my last day trip to London early in November. This is a view of stairs with escalators either side going up from the Monument Underground Station, London. It is actually a colour picture, just that there was no colour in the scene. Unusually there were no Adverising Hoardings.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens at f8.

3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.


Outputted in Photomatix to Detail Enhancer. Click additional info on flickr for this image for Exif details and the settings used.


Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Dramatic preset with adjustments. Some areas were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

General adjustments in levels to enhance with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Vibrance was increased by 49 points

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

First duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 41 amount and 41 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.


Below are the Before and After images. First the middle of the 3 exposures. Then the tonemapped image and then the final result.

Original at 0EV

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Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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Edwin Jones


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