Tunnel to the Future Kings Cross

June 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Tunnel to the Future Kings Cross FinalTunnel to the Future Kings Cross Final

This is a shot from a day trip to London last year. This is part of the Kings Cross St Pancras Underground Station renovation. This tunnel comes off the mainline concourse and leads to 2 underground lines so there are regular floods of people coming from trains. This was taken in a brief break in the flow. The look is seriously futuristic and will no doubt not look as good when the advertising panels are sold.

As can be seen from the original it has a very monochrome look to it.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. 1 raw image was used to create a false HDR with extra exposures created at 2EV spacing for HDR.


The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion natural preset.


Topaz Clarity was used on a layer.

Another layer was used for Topaz Adjust using Neutralizer Preset with adjustments and a vignette added.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro.

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 23 amount and 23 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing brush and clone tool were used to tidy up


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

Tunnel to the Future Kings Cross TonemappedTunnel to the Future Kings Cross Tonemapped

Final Image

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Edwin Jones


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