British Museum Overlook

September 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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This is another shot from my latest day trip to London and the British Museum. This is one of those viewpoints which has been photographed numerous time. I went for a different look by framing it with the surrounding stonework. This is not normally possible because it is full with photographers! This was achieved because it was late afternoon and the crowds were thinning out.

The Museum was established in 1753. The formerly open area at the centre was glassed over in 2000 and is the largest covered square in Europe.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.


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


The -2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A brush was then used on the sky to reduce highlights.

The +2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. The layer opacity was set at 25% to bring it in a little to brighten the walls.

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Crisp preset was used to bring in more detail

General adjustments in levels to lighten a little with a layer mask and brush used to exclude highlights.

Saturation greens and a colour balance adjustments layers were used to bring down a green cast.  

The ruler tool was used to straighten and then a small crop to improve composition.

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 41 amount and 41 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.


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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Edwin Jones


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