Angel Building Pointing Skyward

September 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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This is another picture from London Open House on 21st and 22 September. After City Hall my next stop was the Angel Building north of the Barbican. There is a great Atrium at the Angel Building with a black sculpture in the centre all enhanced with the fisheye. I decided to leave in the man looking up bottom right to give a sense of scale and help make the image more than an abstract.

The number visiting was quite small. After viewing the Atrium from the ground floor there were regular tours taking the lift to view it from the top floor.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion natural amended with custom settings

Photoshop

The minus2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A brush was then on a layer mask to apply the darker image only to the sky

Topaz Adjust Vibrant group of presets vibrant preset with custom adjustments was used to bring in more detail with a layer mask and brush used to remove the effect from highlights.

Some brightening with a layer mask used to exclude the sky

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 38 amount and 38 radius. A layer mask was used to apply this effect only to the nearer parts of the building.

The clone tool was used to 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 Angel Building Pointing Skyward

Edwin Jones


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