New Change Evening Reflections

December 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

New Change Evening Reflections FinalNew Change Evening Reflections FinalNew Change Evening Reflections

I took a similar shot from this location earlier this yearwhen it was just before sunset. This was taken a few months ago and when the sun had set and the lights were coming on. The building is One New Change near St Pauls.

One New Change is a major office and retail development in the City of London and was completed in October 2010. The centre is located at Cheapside, one of the areas within the City historically associated with retailing and markets, and is very close to St Paul's Cathedral and its entrance lines up perfectly. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

The image was processed first with the recently released Photomatix 5 using the new Contrast Optimizer method which produces more natural results than the more commonly used Detail Enhancer.

Photoshop

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group using vibrant Preset with adjustments to suit to bring in more detail. A layer mask was used to part exclude the adjustment from some areas such as highlights.

Contrast adjustment layer increased 20 points.

Vibrance adjustment layer increased 28 points.

Hue Saturation yellows adjustment layer to warm up the image.

Hue Saturation blues adjustment layer saturation reduced 20 points for a more natural look.

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 30 amount and 30 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The clone tool was used to remove some distracting highlights on the right.

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 New Change Evening Reflections

Edwin Jones


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