Waterloo Infinity Tunnel

October 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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This is one of my favourite tunnels on the London Underground and is the travelator to the Jubilee Line at Waterloo . This picture was taken crouching down for a low angle using a fisheye lens. The travelator belts are either side of the central stationary walkway. Hardly anybody uses the stationary part so there was no problem taking time to get a symmetrical picture save for the usual strange looks “what on earth is he taking a picture of!”

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang sisheye lens lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.

Photomatix

I used Photomatix 5 Beta the not yet formally released draft new version. The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix using the new Contast Optimiser for the most natural settings with manual adjustments.

Photoshop

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Crisp preset with adjustments was used to bring in more detail

General adjustments in curves to get the colours right using the grey sample tool, no shortage of grey tones to get that right..

Saturation blues was used to bring up the blue on the stripes a little.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

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 44 amount and 44 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

Filters – Lens Correction- Custom – Transform – Horizontal Perspective was used to straighten out the angle of view for better symmetry.

The healing and clone brushes were used to fill in some of the resulting blank areas which would otherwise need to be cropped

The crop tool was used and then dragging the arrows at the corners for manual straightening and to improve symmetry.

The healing and clone tools were used for tidy up

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original. 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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For licences and prints see Waterloo Infinity Tunnel

Edwin Jones


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