Kings Cross Station Flowering Roof

August 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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This is the new roof over the concourse of Kings Cross mainline station in North London.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. 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 the Camera name top right on flickr for this image for Exif details and the settings used.


The minus 2 EV image was copied back in as a new layer with a black layer mask. A white brush at low opacity and hardness was then used to gradually bring in more detail in the highlight areas.

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

Slight reduction in overall saturation.

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 46 amount and 46 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 Detail Enhancer

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Final Image

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