City of London Canyon Walls

November 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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Another shot from my last day trip to London early in November. This was taken with a Fisheye lens looking up the side of Lloyds of London on the right. On the left is the Willis Building which has a genuine curved frontage, not all fisheye effect.

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.


The minus 2 EV layer was copied in as a new layer. Opacity was used to show both images and the move tool used for alignment. The new layer was then excluded with a layer mask and a brush used to bring it in 100% for the sky only to lighten the over dark sky created by the HDR process.

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Boost 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 17 points.

Saturation yellows slight increase for the lights.

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 33 amount and 33 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

Builders Crane in the distance removed using healing brush content aware and clone brush.


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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