London 2012 Orbit Tower to the Sky

August 14, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

London 2012 Orbit Tower to the Sky FinalLondon 2012 Orbit Tower to the Sky Final

When I visited the Olympic Park for the BMX last Thursday 9th August I also explored the Park. I stayed into the evening to get images at night.

This shot is of the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in front of the Olympic Stadium. The Tower is a 115-metre-high (377 ft) sculpture and observation tower. It is the UK's tallest sculpture.

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.


Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with HDR preset group, Medium Pop Grunge Preset.

The image was enhanced in Levels and curves.

Hue Saturation blues used to reduce blue saturation a little in the sky, 35 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 51 radius.

Clone tool used to tidy up the sky.


Below are the Before and After images. First the original, then the tonemapped image and then the final result.

Original at 0EV

London 2012 Orbit Tower to the SkyLondon 2012 Orbit Tower to the Sky Original

 After Photomatix Detail Enhancer Tonemapped Method


 Final Image

London 2012 Orbit Tower to the SkyLondon 2012 Orbit Tower to the Sky Final

Note that as this image was taken on private property with strict restrictions on the professional use of images in the Ticket Conditions this image is not available for sale.

Edwin Jones


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