Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage

April 04, 2013

Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage FinalPiccadilly Line Empty Carriage Final

This shot was taken on my last London visit in February, As anybody who travels on the underground will know getting a totally empty carriage is as rare as winning the lottery. I upped my chances by travelling to the northern terminal of the Piccadilly line at Cockfosters Station. In the middle of the day it was pretty quite so getting the empty carriage was quite easy.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm. IOS was at 500 to gain a higher shutter speed in the dim lighting. The 0EV image was at 1/50th. 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 0EV image was copied in, excluded with a layer mask and used to brighten the view through two window and increase the brightness of the lighting strips. I used the quick selection tool to select areas. The benefit is that when using brush strokes on a layer mask it is much easier to confine the brush to the areas required..

Topaz adjust was used to bring in a more detail using the Vibrance presets group and Vibrance preset with adjustments using the sliders.

Levels were used to increase overall brightness.

Contrast was increased.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 18 points.

Yellows and reds saturation reduced a little for more natural colours.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 31 amount and 31 radius.

The clone tool was used to remove a bright light on the left.


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

Original at 0EV

Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage originalPiccadilly Line Empty Carriage Original

Tonemapped image

Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage tonemappedPiccadilly Line Empty Carriage Tonemapped

Final Image

Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage finalPiccadilly Line Empty Carriage Final

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