Shard View Fisheyed

March 25, 2013

Shard View Fisheyed FinalShard View Fisheyed Final

This was a shot taken on a day trip to London early in November last year. This was just after I got my Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens. The location is on the South Bank in the Riverside development next to City Hall and Tower Bridge

The picture was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens at f8. There were 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

The HDR was created using Photmatix and tonemapped using the Fusion photographic preset for the most natural look and the least noise.

This location is quite prone to a fairly extreme green cast with possible some green in the original light rather than being entirely a white balance issue. I decided to solve it by converting to mono with an adjustment layer which was probably a good move anyway.


Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Clarity preset with adjustments. The sky was excluded from the effect with a layer mask and brush for a more natural look. Highlights were also excluded.

General adjustments in levels to enhance with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Contrast was increased

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 37 amount and 37 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

Healing Brush CS5 content Aware and Clone brush used to remove flares.


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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