Edwin Jones Photography: Blog https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Edwin Jones Photography edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:36:00 GMT https://edwinjonesphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u761272219-o353641833-50.jpg Edwin Jones Photography: Blog https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog 90 120 A Simple Way To Create a Small Planet Pano https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2019/5/a-simple-way-to-create-a-small-planet-pano Anybody seeing the following picture would think the editing process must be horrendously complicated and take a very long time. Not true. The basics could be done in 10 minutes following some simple steps using a single image. The most important part is done automatically with a few clicks.

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Both Android and IPhone have Apps which can do this. For far better results though it is better achieved using either full Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or the free program Gimp. This will be demonstrated using an older version of Photoshop version CS5.

The ideal way to create a small planet is to take a 360 degree panorama. This though does have its problems at the taking stage with being sure to line up the images and then create a panorama. Doing it that way is more important for complex images such as architecture.

For a simpler introduction we are going to use a single image which is flipped and joined together so it goes back to the start when the image is edited into a planet. If you just use a single image the result will be a noticeable line at the join and a failure to join up in a round planet..

Note that if you try to join an original and flipped image to create a panorama using photomerge or similar commands in other software it will not work because the pixels are the same. Instead we will join them together manually. First note down the figures for width height and resolution. Start a new picture. Double the width and enter the settings for height and resolution the same as the original. First copy in the original and use the move tool to move it to the right. See below.

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Next on the original image go to Image - Image Rotation - Flip Canvas Horizontally. Copy the image and paste into the new image and move to the left as below.

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Note that the same tree is now on both outer edges.

Next we have to make the image square. Is will distort it a lot but is normal and it comes right later. To do this go to image – image size and now untick the usual options for constrain proportions. Then change the figure for pixel height to the same as width.

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After clicking OK we end up with this image.

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Next we have to turn the picture upside down. Not doing this creates an inside out planet. To turn upside down go to Image- Image Rotation and either 180 degrees or Flip canvas vertically resulting in this image

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Now we get to the magic part. Go to Filter - Distort - Polar Coordinates. In the window which comes up choose Rectangular to Polar.

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Click OK and we get our planet.

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For the final mage at the top of this Post I did some additional processing with more clarity and saturation and selective brightness adjustments.

Using this technique in the middle of bluebell woods is unusual. Most small planets have large amounts of sky above creating more of a planet look. Below are a couple more examples of what can be achieved.

First a poppy field and other fields leading down into a valley filled with mist and taken at Dawn.

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Next some fields with a track leading in and scattered clouds in the sky.

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Copyright Theft How I got £500 for the Illegal Use of my picture. https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2017/3/copyright-theft-how-i-got-500-for-the-illegal-use-of-my-picture  

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Copyright Theft How I got £500 for the Illegal Use of my picture. A Guide for Photographers and a Warning for Businesses

It is amazing that there are many people and even businesses which should know better who think that because a picture appears on Google Images it is free to use without paying the photographer. These people are also ignorant of the substantial damages which can be payable for doing this. In this case I came to an agreed settlement after a few emails without taking it to court of £500. A London based business had used my picture copied from the Internet as one of a number of images rotating to form a banner on their website. I am not going to name them or give away any information which could lead to their name. Incidentally the picture taken was listed on my website as in my top 10. On Flickr it has had 23,000 views, 350 favs and 120 comments so it was a particularly annoying one to have stolen.

What many Photographers and people taking images may not be aware of are the increasing availability of tools which can detect the misuse of picture easily and simply. In the middle of last year I signed up an organisation at https://pixsy.com/. You give them a link to say your Flickr account and they automatically search for any matches to your picture found online and do it for free. You can get them to pursue a claim for you and they charge 50% of the damages recovered. They are fairly new and have a limited capacity so you sign up and ask for an invitation. They found the misuse of the picture by the London firm but I did not use them to recover damages as I knew what to do in UK law. They have a limited number of countries they will make claims in and do not expect anybody to help with Websites in Russia, China and the far east.

The other free and easy way to find your stolen images is by a Google Reverse Image search. Just go to https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl and click the camera icon to upload your image. The result will show all cases where your image has been used on the Internet. Another resource is https://www.tineye.com/ which does Reverse Image Searches though I found Google brought in more results though true with only one check.

There has been a recent important change in the UK which makes it much easier for Photographers to bring straightforward and relatively small claims for Copyright Infringement without risking large legal fees All Copyright Claims are brought in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC) in London. The important change is that they have introduced a Small Claims Track for simple claims under 10,000. No legal costs can be claimed and it is a simplified procedure. The Defendant can object but it is then up to the Court to decide which procedure is involved. For small claims if both parties agree the case can be decided just on the documents without a hearing.

It is much better to settle a claim for less than the full amount than take it to Court. For this you need to know what you are talking about and be able to prove it by giving links to relevant law. I had an advantage in my case in that I used to be a Solicitor (Attorney for American readers) before retiring early and getting into Photography The following is not in any way legal advice and I am way out of date and never knew anything about copyright law. I am passing on information I found on the Internet about the relevant UK law which may or may not be accurate.

It is vital that when you first find a misuse of your picture that you take screenshots of the Website with your computers clock showing the date included and also print it out, again because this shows the date. This is because as soon as you make a claim the picture will be taken off the website removing your evidence. You can also go to https://archive.org/web/ which is called the Wayback Machine. They take snapshots of Websites over the years which will show the use of your image. This is important because how long it has been used affects the amount of damages. Not all websites are on the Wayback Machine. If you used pixsy.com their results will show the first detected use of the image.

Go to https://www.whois.com/whois/ enter the web address and usually get full details of whose name and organisation the website is registered in. These details can sometimes be hidden in which case it will say. This search can produce details when there is nothing on the Website.

If the business is a company do a search at https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/ This will give you full details including Accounts which will indicate if they are worth pursuing. For a limited number of companies those with a sole Director and the same sole shareholder there have been recent cases ruling that for copyright only the Director can be liable jointly with the company, see http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/IPEC/2014/3762.html

The essential next step is to work out what the correct amount of damages is. First it is not the lowest Stock Photo Website price provided you have not sold your images on that sort of site. The courts will look first at the price the Photographer has put on that particular image for that particular use eg in my case Website use as a banner. If the picture has not been sold for that use the courts can look at general guidelines. In my case I do not sell images for Web Use only for printed use. General guidelines include the NUJ suggested prices for various uses of photographs. Another one is the Getty Images search for Rights Managed Photos. In my case the Business used my photo on their website for 9 months. For the NUJ Rates see http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?&section=Photography&subsect=Online+use+of+photos

For 9 months at full page width the NUJ rates for the 9 months use come out at between £675 and £850. You can check Getty images at  http://www.gettyimages.co.uk   if you sold stock photos which is the Royalty Free system you would get between £150 and £275 or rather Getty would get that and you would get 15% of it. I have never sold stock so could say to the court that damages should be assessed  on the Rights Managed system which depends on the exact use. On a similar image using the Getty Custom calculator for the custom usage it came out at £995. The business which took the image might say that they would never have used the image at that kind of price. However so far as the Courts are concerned that does not matter, by taking the image they deprived the photographer of the right to negotiate so it comes down to market rate

In addition to market rate the courts will also award additional damages for what is known as flagrancy. This comes down to them taking the picture when they  knew or ought to have known that it was in breach of copyright. Some flagrance will usually be assumed in the case of a business. Additional damages can be awarded of 2 or 3 times the market rate. For a business it highlights how much there is to lose by getting it wrong. The quality and originality and rarity of the picture is also relevant. In one UK case the misuse of a picture of a celebrity which was copied from social media assuming it was free resulted in an award of £5000.

I offered to settle my case for the reduced amount of £500 in my first email. The response was to take down the image, say sorry and that they didn’t have to pay anything. The main response was that they did a Google image search for  for a commercial use free to use image, came up with mine and used it. The problem was that somebody, probably in China did the initial theft with a screen capture and cropped out or photoshopped my watermark. Then others took the image from them. The problem for the business in London was that Google guarantee nothing and indeed mention there may be errors if the source of the image is not legitimate See their terms at https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/29508?hl=en

It is up to the end user of the image to check  that they have proper consent from the copyright holder. In my case the website where the image was obtained had retained the original title. This shows up in the Source code of the Website. To help to keep track I always use totally original titles. I think of a good title and do a search on it in Google with inverted commas for that exact wording. If it comes up as no results I use the Title. If the business had done a search on that title they would have found numerous references to my Website and Flickr account with the original watermarked image. A reverse image search would have found the same. Those are the basic kinds of checks any business should do for any image found on the Internet. If they make no checks they will be liable even if they are not the original thief. It is of course much better to find a Photographer or check a Stock Photo Agency.

For some official guidance on using Photos found on the Internet see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/copyright-notice-digital-images-photographs-and-the-internet

A useful web page for photographers giving more guidance and draft letters to write and taking a claim to small claims court can be found at http://www.epuk.org/the-curve/the-infringement-pathway-a-step-by-step-guide-for-issuing-a-copyright-claim

For my claim my first email was at the end of February. After 2 more emails explaining the Law with quotes and links to various websites they agreed to settle and paid today 13th March. Not every case will be that quick but I would suggest it is worth a go.

Edwin Jones

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On Friday 27th May I went on on one of the London Transport Museum Hidden London Tours. This one was of the secret tunnels under Euston Railway Station. These are abandoned areas of the London Underground. This Tour is a new one starting 2016 and I was on the second day they were running the Tour. First how do  you get on these Tours. It should be understood that these are 75 minute Tours of 20 people each running 4 days a week over about 8 weeks spread between a set in the spring and another in the Autumn. They sell out very quickly. It is essential to sign up to the London Transport Museum Website. They then release tickets a day in advance for subscribers. They email to give advance notice of the date and time when the email will go out releasing bookings. They did a queue system on their website. When I got on a minute after their email opened the floodgates there were 250 ahead of me and a 7 minute wait. I got in and made my booking. I checked as a matter of interest an hour later and there were 4000 in the queue and over an hour’s wait.

On the day our Tour Group met at 16 Melton Street which is the street immediately west of Euston Station. The building is on the junction with Drummond Street. The guides checked our E-Tickets and Identification and handed out high viz jackets. These were intended to help keep track of us especially in the darker tunnels and to give free access at the Underground Ticket barrier.
 

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The building at Melton Street was originally  an Underground Station entrance for the  Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway opening in 1907 and closing in 1914 when all stations were consolidated at Euston. The building only survived because it was required for a ventilation shaft. Inside we started with a side show giving some of the complex history of the competing Underground Companies in the area. Euston overground station was the first intercity railway station in London and was built in 1837 as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway. The building was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with the present building. The demolition included a great Doric Arch and provoked a big outcry at the time but too late. Ironically the railway was built to provide fast transport between London and the Midlands and north due to be repeated when HS2 is built at Euston.

Next it was on to the current Underground station where we headed for the Northern Line, Bank branch platform and disappeared into a normally closed and locked gate at the end of the Platform.
 

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The following picture of a plan on site gives an idea of where we were. The pale pink tunnels are the closed off ones. They were originally connecting tunnels between old competing underground lines and their different booking halls and platforms. These were closed in the 1960s.
 

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Within the tunnels can be seen remnants of advertisements dating back to the 1960s  providing a sort of time capsule.
 

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Some of the tunnels were quite well lit and other parts much less so requiring the use of torches by the organisers. On this tunnel we are heading towards the site of an old lift shaft.
 

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The Lift Shaft has now been opened up and is used for ventilation.
 

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Further on and photographically the lighting made this shot ideal.
 

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Next it was on to an area where a number of ventilation grills looked down on the passengers, platform and train below. Next time you go on the underground it might be worth looking up sometimes at who is looking down at you.
 

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The cost of the Tour was £35 or £30 with concession. Well worth it for a unique experience. There are a number of other Hidden London Tours including the abandoned Down Street Station and Tunnels at Clapham South. Aldwych and Charing Cross Tours are currently not available due to planned works. More details at https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/hidden-london

Edwin Jones
 

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How to Remove Tourists From Photos https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/12/how-to-remove-tourists-from-photos It can be very frustrating taking shots of buildings inside or out at busy Tourist spots choked with people distracting from your potential perfect shot. One such location is the staircase of the magnificent Opera Garnier in Paris. Take a look below at an original shot full of people.
 

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Followed by the final version after a fair amount of editing.
 

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There are 3 possible techniques to try-

1. If you are able to use a tripod try using a neutral density filter. With something like a 10 stop filter in a situation with low lighting you can readily get an exposure lasting several minutes. Hey presto, save for anybody staying stubbornly in the same place all the people disappear. The problem with many locations inside though is that they will usually ban tripods. In a  place like Opera Garnier in Paris shown in the example photo you might get as far as getting a few tripod legs extended before being swooped on by officialdom.
 

2. Trying to hold the camera in the same place take a number of shots over a period so each shot has the people in different parts of your shot. Ideally try to get about 5 shots over say 5 minutes but less can still work as will be shown here. You then need processing software which can use layers such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro. Note that Lightroom does not work for this as it does not support layers. My example image was taken in 2012 before I knew about this technique. However I happened to have taken 2 shots taken from close to the same position. The first stage is to open the images in the software as 2 separate layers. There are a number of ways to do this. The simplest which will work with any of the programs mentioned is to open the first image. Then open the second image. Go to select all for the second image and then copy. Go to the first image and click edit and paste. The second image will appear above the first as a layer.
 

The next stage is align or line up the 2 images. By reducing the opacity of the top image using the slider in the layers panel we can see the difference between the 2 images, in this case a lot.
 

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It is possible to line up the images manually using the move tool and moving around the top image. To get perfect alignment though it is better to use the auto align tool. In Photoshop elements use New-Photomerge-Panorama. In Photoshop hold shift to select both layers and then go to Edit- Auto Align Layers.
 

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Next by adding layer masks to each image we can rub out people in seconds by painting onto the mask with a black brush which has the effect of showing through the mask the other lower image without that person in it.

3. For the people still there the final technique is cloning. This could be a Blog post on its own but for a symmetrical picture like this one a hidden part of the clone tool which can be incredibly useful is the mirror function. First bring up the clone source panel by clicking Window in the main menu and then Clone Source. You will see there a label for Offset. Click the arrow to the right of it. You can now use as a source for cloning an area opposite. As an example the stairs on the left can be used to clone over the stairs on the right and will appear as a mirror image. Now just line it up and the lady taking a picture at the foot of the stairs disappears.
 

Opera4CloneMirrorOpera4CloneMirrorClone Source panel mirror After all the editing I liked the final image better in Black and White. See this again below.
 

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Edwin Jones
 

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Forest Floor South Downs https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/11/forest-floor-south-downs Forest Floor Final Forest Floor Final This shot was taken in woodland to the East of the A29 road near Slindon in the South Downs in West Sussex. The shot was taken later in the morning after taking the tunnel of trees shot at Halnaker. <br/><br/>The aim of the picture was to get the fungi as the main focus but also showing the context of the woodland. To get the lowest pov I put the camera on the ground and improvised by using sticks to get it lined up right. With movement not being an issue I used f8 for a little more depth of field. The shutter was triggered with a remote release. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 35mm. This has the advantage for this sort of shot of Live View with a flexible screen.<br/><br/>I aimed to keep a natural look in the processing but actually quite a lot of work was done to it and it is particularly interesting to see the large difference between the before and after shots. See my latest Blog Entry for the processing details and before and after pictures
 

This shot was taken in woodland to the East of the A29 road near Slindon in the South Downs in West Sussex. The shot was taken later in the morning after taking the tunnel of trees shot at Halnaker.

The aim of the picture was to get the fungi as the main focus but also showing the context of the woodland. To get the lowest  pov I put the camera on the ground and improvised by using sticks to get it lined up right. With movement not being an issue I used f8 for a little more depth of field. The shutter was triggered with a remote release. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 35mm. This has the advantage for this sort of shot of Live View with a flexible screen.
 

Many purists take the view that a picture must be taken perfectly in the camera and processing is wrong. However many steps which are done in processing can also be done in camera, Examples which apply to this shot are adjusting exposure a little in the RAW file, warming up the image by adjusting White Balance in RAW or using a filter and also cropping. As long as you do not have the problem of being a purist it is a lot easier to make adjustments on the computer rather than struggling while trying to see the screen in low light while sitting on a wet forest floor.

Lets first have a look at the original image and discuss what’s wrong with it.
 

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Because the forest is shaded the auto white balance has come out too cool or too much towards blue. The image needs warming up. Next there are a lot of quite bright highlights in the background which take the viewers attention away from the main subject of the Fungi. For better composition cropping needs to move the fungi more off centre.

Next the processing used –

1)  Editing in RAW, White balance temperature increased for a warmer look. Recovery to tone down highlights, Clarity and vibrance increased.

2) Topaz Adjust for more warmth and detail and Topaz DeNoise to remove noise.

3) Topaz Clarity for more detail and then crop for better composition.

4) Topaz adjust but just using the vignette tool to darken the corners and focus attention on the Fungi.

5) Brightness contrast adjustment layer to reduce brightness on the highlights in the background using a layer mask for selective adjustment.

The final image is as follows.
 

Forest Floor Final Forest Floor Final copyThis shot was taken in woodland to the East of the A29 road near Slindon in the South Downs in West Sussex. The shot was taken later in the morning after taking the tunnel of trees shot at Halnaker. <br/><br/>The aim of the picture was to get the fungi as the main focus but also showing the context of the woodland. To get the lowest pov I put the camera on the ground and improvised by using sticks to get it lined up right. With movement not being an issue I used f8 for a little more depth of field. The shutter was triggered with a remote release. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 35mm. This has the advantage for this sort of shot of Live View with a flexible screen.<br/><br/>I aimed to keep a natural look in the processing but actually quite a lot of work was done to it and it is particularly interesting to see the large difference between the before and after shots. See my latest Blog Entry for the processing details and before and after pictures
 

Edwin Jones
 

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This is a shot of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London taken on a London day trip on the 10th August. The building was the tallest in the UK until the Shard usurped its title in 2010. Although the picture looks to be a long exposure it was actually faked in the processing . Setting up a tripod for a real long exposure would have been pointless as the Security Guards have a habit of pouncing in that area. 

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 15mm.

There was some quite involved processing using HDR, Topaz filters and Photoshop. The mono conversion was done with Topaz B&W Effects. There is a lot of detailed control possible with this once you get out of the presets and use the adjustments.

Photomatix

After saving the RAW files as tiffs the 3 images as 2EV exposure separation were imported into Photomatix and processed with a fusion natural setting with a little extra contrast added in final touches.

Photoshop

To start various adjustments were made to the original colour image with various Topaz Plugins.

First Topaz DeNoise using the RAW moderate preset.

Next Topaz Clarity was used to enhance edges with a layer mask used on the photoshop duplicate layer to exclude the sky from the effect.

Next Topaz Detail was used with Micro Contrast Enhancement II as a preset and some adjustments.

The Mono Conversion was done with Topaz BW Effects. Some adjustments first in the Basic Exposure and adaptive Exposure panels. Then the most important part was local adjustments. This is the really useful bit. By using the Edge Aware Slider and pushing it to maximum I was able to edit the sky and buildings using the dodge and burn tools to darken the sky and lighten parts of the buildings. The edge aware brush confines the brush to within edges such as the area of the sky without needing to make a selection.

The false long exposure effect was a little complicated. The obvious way to do it is with a pan blur effect. However this results in the buildings blurring into the sky as well. I got round the problem by making a selection of the sky and pasting it into a new image with a transparent background. The pan blur effect was then done in photoshop with angle adjustments to the blur getting it coming in the direction I wanted. The sky was then selected and pasted back into the original image. Further adjustments were made in Photoshop using selections and levels and curves

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 29 amount and 29 radius with a layer mask to remove the effect from the sky. 

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image at 0EV and then the HDR and then the final result.

Original

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 Final Image

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This shot is the last of the sequence taken at a Poppy Field just south of Falmer near Brighton on the West Sussex coast, UK. For full details of the exact location see the first image in this series at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/18801022079/in/dateposted-public/

I was taking macro images when I saw this pattern in the sky developing and quickly switched to the camera with a wide angle lens and took some 3 shot sequences for HDR. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Outputted in Photomatix using detail enhancer and a stronger HDR than I usually go for to really bring out the detail in the clouds. I then used a Photoshop Saturation adjustment layer to bring down the reds and blues which were excessive.

I used Topaz DeNoise and then Topaz Clarity Landscape Pop preset.

The final edit was Unsharp Mask 47 amount and 47 radius for extra contrast and clarity applied on a layer with a layer mask and highlights excluded.

The original image before all editing.

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The final image after editing

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Britain Europe Sony agriculture blue brighton clouds color colour downs dslr dslra700 england falmer field flower flowering flowers green hills june lens light nature petal petals pic picture poppies poppy red sigma sky south summer sun sunlight sunset sussex topaz uk west wild woodingdean zoom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/6/poppy-field-sky-hole Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:01:07 GMT
3.2.1 Elevator Lift Off https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/4/3-2-1-elevator-lift-off Elevator Final3.2.1 Elevator Lift Off Final3.2.1 Elevator Lift Off Final

This is a shot of the Lloyds Building in the City of London. The inside out nature of the building extends to the elevators and at night each one has 2 red lights underneath which makes for good potential for light trails. I had tried taking this shot from the pavement and although possible it does bring in a very bright light at the top. I noticed that an open basement area extended under the elevators and unlike other areas it did not have a private – no admittance sign. Tripod was set up and I spent nearly 20 minutes tucked away under the Elevators taking pictures until a Security Guard spotted me from above and shouted out that I needed permission so I moved on.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 on a tripod with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. The image is comprised of a 3 shot HDR with 2EV spacing. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image saved as tiffs. HDR processing was in Photomatix using Fusion Real Estate for a natural look

Photoshop

To start Topaz DeNoise and then Topaz Detail were used on the HDR. Next each of the 3 images were pasted together in layers and layer masks used to remove the ghosts of the elevator as it moved up through the images leaving in the light trails. Selections and the clone tool were used to fill the gaps in the light trail

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image, then the image with HDR and images layered in and then the final result.

Original

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HDR and Layered

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Lloyds London britain building capital city cityscape england frame gb light lights lime line london londres metal metallic metropolis mile of shine sky square street structure symmetry uk urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/4/3-2-1-elevator-lift-off Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:47:19 GMT
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This view was taken on the Docklands Light Railway as the train was in the tunnel which takes it out from Bank Station under the City. The railway is automatic, no driver except a supervisor who sits in one of the front passenger seats. This gives a great opportunity as there are passenger seats at the front and back of the train. I put the camera lens flat against the window to cut out reflections.

I used shutter priority and settled on a shutter speed of 0.7 seconds for the best feel of movement.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld  in RAW. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at =2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR”  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically.

First Topaz DeNoise using the RAW moderate preset.

Next Topaz Clarity was used to enhance edges.

Next Topaz Detail was used with Micro Contrast Enhancement II as a preset and some adjustments.

Various colour balance adjustments were made both generally and on selections

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. A strong curves adjustment was used.

Vibrance layer increase 62 points

Brightness contrast layer with mask used to increase brightness on the tracks.

I wanted to add some sharply defined lines going into the distance. Along the track there is a sort of ledge area with a shadowed area below it. I made a selection of the shadow with the pen tool and used a saturation layer to sharply bring down the brightness of this area. Then another selection was made of the ledge and a colour balance adjustment layer used to bring up blues in this area.

The minus 2EV image was copied as a new layer and used to bring down the intensity of the light streak.

Crop tool used for composition and to remove the wiper blade.

Clone tool used for tidy up.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast (clarity effect) with 43 amount and 43 radius to the picture except the highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Britain England angle blur canary capital cities cityscapes color colour colours dlr docklands dslra700 dynamic fast hdr high light lights london londres motion movement perspective photo photography photomatix photos pic picture pictures rail railway range shutter sigma sony speed station structure tonemapped tracks train transport transportation tube tunnel uk underground urban warp wharf wide https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/dlr-warp-speed Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:20:13 GMT
Metropolis at Lloyds https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/metropolis-at-lloyds Metropolis at Lloyds FinalMetropolis at Lloyds FinalMetropolis at Lloyds

 

This is a shot of the Lloyds Building in the City of London taken on a London day trip last Monday 2nd March.  On the left is the Willis Building. It was a very windy day though mainly sunny. While walking to this location I got a good buffeting as the wind was channelled between the skyscrapers. Setting up a tripod would have been pointless so I used a handy flat topped post to put the Camera on pointing up. I used a wireless shutter release. I used a 10 stop BW Neutral Density filter resulting in 57 seconds and plenty of cloud movement with the wind strength.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and edits made there to reduce exposure and increase clarity and vibrance.

Photoshop

To start various adjustments were made to the original colour image with various Topaz Plugins.

First Topaz DeNoise using the RAW moderate preset.

Next Topaz Clarity was used to enhance edges with a layer mask used on the photoshop duplicate layer to exclude the sky from the effect.

Next Topaz Detail was used with Micro Contrast Enhancement II as a preset and some adjustments.

The Mono Conversion was done with Topaz BW Effects. Some adjustments first in the Basic Exposure and adaptive Exposure panels. Then the most important part was local adjustments. This is the really useful bit. By using the Edge Aware Slider and pushing it to maximum I was able to edit the sky and buildings using the dodge and burn tools to darken the sky and lighten parts of the buildings. The edge aware brush confines the brush to within edges such as the area of the sky without needing to make a selection.

Further adjustments were made in Photoshop using selections and levels and curves

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) LE Lloyds London Photomatix Photoshop a700 alpha and angle architecture black britain building capital city cityscape clouds england exposure frame gb geometry lens light lights lime line london londres long metal metallic metropolis mile modern mono of perspective shine sigma sky skyscraper sony square straight street structure symmetry topaz uk up urban white wide willis https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/metropolis-at-lloyds Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:35:29 GMT
Vertigo at the Atrium https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/vertigo-at-the-atrium Vertigo at the Atrium FinalVertigo at the Atrium FinalThis is another shot taken at the Peter Jones Department Store in Sloane Square.

This is another shot  taken at the Peter Jones Department Store in Sloane Square. I had not been there before and I was surprised to find this amazing Atrium on top of the weird looking spiral staircase in the previous shot. The escalators reminded me a little of the ones inside the Lloyds building. BTW I didn’t actually feel any vertigo, just felt like the right title.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 10 mm.. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image saved as tiffs. HDR processing was in Photomatix using Fusion Real Estate for a natural look. The software did a good job of removing the slight movement of the people between exposures

The picture was enhanced with Topaz adjust and Denoise. Further editing was done in Photoshop for levels, contrast and brightness.

Below is the original image at 0EV of the 3 brackets and then the final image after processing.

Original

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After processing

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Sloane Sony architecture atrium britain building city curve curved curves department dslr dslra700 dynamic elegant england english escalators europe futuristic geometry great handrail hdr high jones kingdom lighting lines london new peter photomatix pic range shine sigma spiral square staircase stairs steps store tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk united urban white https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/vertigo-at-the-atrium Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:45:12 GMT
February Spring Crocus Bloom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/2/february-spring-crocus-bloom February Spring Crocus Bloom FinalFebruary Spring Crocus Bloom FinalFebruary Spring Crocus Bloom

 

This shot was taken on Tuesday 17th February which was very springlike with unbroken sunshine and temperatures up to 10C or 50F. The location was a small green off the Aldwick Road in Bognor Regis, UK. The crocus there were the first I have seen this year.

The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. Taken on a Tripod.

Taking

The 20 images were taken using manual focusing and small adjustments of the focus ring.

Photoshop

I took RAW and JPEGs but used the JPEGs and copied these to a separate folder.

The next step was in Photoshop to go to file – Automate – Photomerge. In the next window I browsed to the folder for the images. On the defaults I left it on Auto but deselected blend images together and made sure all the options at the bottom of the window were deselected. Click OK and when Photoshop is done all the images will be open as separate layers. Next select all the layers Control plus A or Command plus A on Mac. Next go to Edit and select Auto Blend Layers and from the window select Stack Images. Photoshop then proceeds to select  and stack images using the sharpest part of each image and creating layer masks for each image layer. Photoshop aligns the images automatically to compensate for small movement from the wind.

If there is more movement it might be necessary to crop a fair bit but there was very little in this case. I did though crop for better composition.

I made a selection of just the crocus and saved it for future use with layer masks. Extra detail and vibrance was brought in using Topaz Adjust HDR.

Topaz denoise to remove a small amount of noise.

Saturation yellows increased a little.

Levels used to brighten a little and a brush on a layer mask used to remove the effect from brighter areas .

Unsharp mask 24 amount 24 radius for an extra clarity effect.

The original had a good out of focus background but I used Photoshop Lens Blur applied with a layer mask to the background only to bring it down more.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original being one of the 20 images. Then the final focus stacked image.

Original

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Final focus stacked Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 80mm Aldwick Bognor Regis Britain England Europe February Sony Sussex UK West Sussex background blue blur brokeh color colour crocus depth of field dof dslr dslra550 flower flowers focus focus stacked focus stacking gardens lens light macro nature park photoshop pic purple sigma spring stacked sun topaz winter yellow zoom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/2/february-spring-crocus-bloom Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:55:49 GMT
CitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/citizenm-wooden-spiral-staircase CitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase FinalCitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase FinalCitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase

Sorry, yet another Spiral Staircase! This one is at the CitizenM hotel at Lavington Street, Southwark, London. CitizenM is a small chain of Boutique Hotels. The ground floor is a fairly busy cafe/bar and nobody seemed at all bothered by my taking pictures of their beautiful staircase. Light levels were very low and I could only just get a decent shutter speed at 1600 ISO. For this shot I decided to place the camera on the ground at the base of the stairs and used a remote trigger release. ISO 200 resulted in 1.6 seconds. Not having an adjustable screen and live view I took quite a few pictures to get one I was happy with.

I used a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 20 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image saved as tiffs. HDR processing was in Photomatix using Fusion Real Estate for a natural look.

This picture was enhanced with Topaz Clarity and Topaz Denoise. I cropped for better composition and did a slight vignette using a feathered elliptical selection and slight brightness reduction to tone down the corners.  

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 20 amount and 20 radius.

The original image at standard exposure is below

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Architecture Brown Building CitizenM City Curve Curves England Europe GB Gold Golden Great Britain Lavington Street Lighting Lights Line Lines London Modern Orange Sony South East Southwark Spiral Spiral Staircase Staircase Stairs UK Urban Yellow banister citizen m detail dslr dslra700 elegant hdr high dynamic range hotel looking up photomatix photoshop pic planks sigma tonemapped tonemapping topaz up wide angle wood https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/citizenm-wooden-spiral-staircase Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:14:22 GMT
Smile Underground Exit https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/smile-underground-exit Smile Underground Exit FinalSmile Underground Exit FinalThis is the exit/entrance from Kings Cross Underground Station leading from the Victoria Line to Pentonville Road. The wording can be read going both ways though perhaps smiles might be more in evidence on reaching the exit especially at rush hour. The man dressed in black wearing a hoodie came along at just the right time. Thanks go to contact <b><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/turnipfarmer/with/16146138449/
">Aaron Yeoman</a></b> for this location who got it from Dan Borg who got it from ……In the original colour image the lettering is in red yellow and blue with a dingy yellowish background. I decided it looked better in a high key mono though care was needed in the mono conversion to bring up the yellows in the lettering to avoid them fading out. See my Blog for the original.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Outputted in Photomatix using fusion Real Estate for a natural look.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust Clarity and noise reduced using Topaz DeNoise.

I used a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and pushed up the brightness. The mono adjustment was done in Photoshop with a mono adjustment layer giving the chance to play with the sliders to get the look I wanted.

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 49 amount and 49 radius with a layer mask to remove the effect from the lights.

This is the exit/entrance from Kings Cross Underground Station leading from the Victoria Line to Pentonville Road. The wording can be read going both ways though perhaps smiles might be more in evidence on reaching the exit especially at rush hour. The man dressed in black wearing a hoodie came along at just the right time. Thanks go to contact  Aaron Yeoman for this location who got it from Dan Borg who got it from ……In the original colour image the lettering is in red yellow and blue with a dingy yellowish background. I decided it looked better in a high key mono though care was needed in the mono conversion to bring up the yellows in the lettering to avoid them fading out. See below the original image.

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The picture was taken handheld  with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Outputted in Photomatix using fusion Real Estate for a natural look.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust Clarity and noise reduced using Topaz DeNoise.

 I used a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and pushed up the brightness. The mono adjustment was done in Photoshop with a mono adjustment layer giving the chance to play with the sliders to get the look I wanted.

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 49 amount and 49 radius with a layer mask to remove the effect from the lights.

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Kings Cross London London underground Photomatix architecture b&w black and white center centre cites cities city england fisheye futuristic hdr high key image life light lines london londra londres metro metropolis mono municipality pentonville road people perspective pictures samyang sony sony alpha subway tonemapped tonemapping topaz train transport travel tube tube station uk underground underground station urban wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/smile-underground-exit Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:19:54 GMT
Traffic Trails to Westminster https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/traffic-trails-to-westminster Traffic Trails to Westminster FinalTraffic Trails to Westminster FinalThis viewpoint is on Broad Sanctuary Road next to Westminster Abbey approaching Parliament Square.

This viewpoint is on Broad Sanctuary Road next to Westminster Abbey approaching Parliament Square.

The picture is made up of 3 images layered using layer blend modes and some use of layer masks. The light trail on the left comes from 2 images and the one on the right from one image. Each image was 8 to 10 seconds.

The originals of the 3 images used are as follows-

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The pictures were taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 17mm. Taken with a tripod  in RAW. The image were first processed in Camera Raw with exposure adjustments, recovery of highlights and clarity.

I used Topaz HDR to even up lighting and then Topaz DeNoise. Big Ben was straightened using filter-lens correction-custom-vertical correction and crop. The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 29 amount and 29 radius

The final image after merging and all editing follows-

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Tower Bridge Exhibition View https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/tower-bridge-exhibition-view Tower Bridge Exhibition viewTower Bridge Exhibition viewThis is a different viewpoint of the Thames taken from one of the walkways linking the 2 towers of Tower Bridge high above the roadway. It is accessed as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition. One nice little touch was that within some of the windows they had little sliding windows with a camera icon next to it. Provision for Photographers instead of bans, well done Tower Bridge!!. I took the picture by putting the camera way out through the little window and guessing composition as my camera does not have live view. <br/><br/>The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Outputted in Photomatix on fusion real estate settings for a natural look for an HDR. The minus 2EV image was copied in as a new layer and masked off except for the bright areas to tone them down. <br/><br/>I used Topaz Adjust Vibrance sunset dynamic to bring more yellow and oranges into an otherwise far too blue scene.<br/><br/>I used Topaz DeNoise on a duplicate layer with a mask to apply it only to the sky. <br/><br/>The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 36 amount and 36 radius<br/><br/>For

This is a different viewpoint of the Thames taken from one of the walkways linking the 2 towers of Tower Bridge high above the roadway. It is accessed as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition. One nice little touch was that within some of the windows they had little sliding windows with a camera icon next to it. Provision for Photographers instead of bans, well done Tower Bridge!! I took the picture by putting the camera way out through the little window and guessing composition as my camera does not have live view.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Outputted in Photomatix on fusion real estate settings for a natural look for an HDR. The minus 2EV image was copied in as a new layer and masked off except for the bright areas to tone them down.

I used Topaz Adjust Vibrance sunset dynamic to bring more yellow and oranges into an otherwise far too blue scene.

I used Topaz DeNoise on a duplicate layer with a mask to apply it only to the sky.

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 36 amount and 36 radius

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bridge Britain England London Thames Tower angle architecture blue bridge capital cities color colour dslra700 dynamic exhibition fisheye hdr high light london londres metal office perspective photo photography photomatix photos photoshop picture pictures range samyang sigma skyscrapers sony structure struts sunset tonemapped topaz tower uk urban. walkway wide https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/tower-bridge-exhibition-view Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:26:44 GMT
Halnaker Downland Star Trails https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/halnaker-downland-star-trails Halnaker Stars FinalHalnaker Stars FinalHalnaker Stars Final

Last Saturday night 13th December was very clear very cold and very still. It was also the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower. I saw at least 10 during the time I was out but only one was bright enough to show up with the exposure length used. The image was taken near Halnaker north of Chichester looking towards the South Downs. The sky glow visible is from London 60 miles to the north.

The image was taken with a Sony A700 and a Samyang Fisheye Lens using a Tripod.

I used my Interval Timer and set the camera at ISO 200 and bulb and the timer at 2 minutes at f3.5. I set the timer for 1 hour 38 minutes but did not use the first 18 minutes as it was still a bit too light so the star trails shown are for 1hour 20 minutes. I had some extra kit for Star Trails this time. First a Head Torch which was very useful for taking things down in the dark. The second bit of kit was even more useful. This was LensMuff which is a holder for chemical hand warmers which secures round the lens with Velcro. The night was perfect for a heavy dew and frost and by the time the sequence finished at 18.45 my tripod was thick with frost but the lens stayed clear of any dew or frost.

The images were stacked in Startrails.exe. It would normally be very time consuming to blend all the pictures together but there is now free software available to do it for you at http://www.startrails.de/html/software.html

With the method of stacking together shorter exposures noise is not such an issue so I turned off the Cameras noise reduction settings. If these are turned on it doubles the exposure length as a second image is taken automatically of the same length for the noise reduction process. This also causes gaps in the Star Trails if multiple images are blended. Noise was corrected later with software.

The circular pattern is formed by pointing the camera towards Polaris the Pole Star near the Plough. As the Earth turns stars more above the pole do not appear to move as much as those more above lower latitudes. I had with me an HTC Android Smart Phone with the Google Sky App. This enabled me to locate the pole star while there was still light. The foreground comprises an image taken while there was still light. With the Camera and Tripod locked in position the star trail images were taken later when the stars were out.

The Sky Glow is from London 60 miles to the north. Also I kept frames with some remains of blue in the sky which avoids any orange glow from light pollution..

The images used were taken over 1 hour 20 minutes with 40 images of 1 minutes 59 seconds  exposures each with 1 second gap between each exposure on the timer. These were stacked with the startrails software.

All the settings and equipment were as follows

- Sony A700 Camera.

- ISO 200, f3.5, 1 minute 59 seconds.

- Long Exposure and high ISO noise reduction set to off. Otherwise the Camera would take One minute and 59 seconds between each shot for its own noise reduction resulting in great gaps in the Star Trails.

- Samyang Fisheye lens 8mm.

- Tripod.

- Interval timer

- LensMuff holder for chemical hand warmers wrapped around the lens to prevent condensation.

See this post for a review of this Timer

http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2012/5/timer-interval-remote-review

Tips

- Arrive early, bring a compass or Smartphone, to help find the north star.
- Setup gear while it’s still light, get your composition and wait.
- Shoot test shots, make sure you can see the first stars.
- Wait for that perfect moment and then start the exposure.
- Bring a torch, so you can find you way and make adjustments after dark. A head torch is especially useful.
- Bring warm clothing and a snack and drink.

Photoshop

For the Star Trails the stacking software works on jpegs which are then saved as a Tiff.

After opening in Photoshop some extra detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust and Noise reduced with Topaz DeNoise.

The Star Trails were brightened using Astronomy Tools Action to select the brighter stars and contrast and brightness adjustment..

After flattening the image duplicate layers were brought up to sharpen.

For the foreground this was a standard with light still in the sky.

On the foreground image I selected the foreground using the quick selection tool. Then I copied the selection and pasted it in to the star trails image. I used the move tool to line it up with the silhouetted  foreground.  

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First one image of the stars, then the Star Trails Image after merging of the frames but before other processing and then the final result.

Single image including the meteor

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Merged Star Trails image

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Final Image

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Topaz Glow Review and Tutorial https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/topaz-glow-review-and-tutorial Alien City Travelator copyAlien City Travelator copyAlien City Travelator final

I have just discovered this new software from Topaz called Topaz Glow. It is available as a standalone program or as a plugin and for Windows or Mac. I really like discovering software which can create amazing effects in minutes rather than the hours it would take to do the same in Photoshop. Another reason to do a review now is that it is available from Topaz at an introductory discount and a price of $49.99 (normally $70) until 31 December 2014. You just need to use the coupon code -    introglow        at checkout to get the savings! It is worth taking a look with a free 30 day trial. See

Topaz Labs Glow

Review

First the basics

System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.8 or higher

Windows 7/8 x64 + Open GL 2.1

*Does not support Windows 32bit

Compatibility

Glow can be accessed as a plugin in:

• Photoshop CS4+

• Photoshop Creative Cloud

• Photoshop Elements 6+

• Corel Paintshop Pro X

• Serif PhotoPlus X5+

• Lightroom as an external editor

• NOT compatible with photoFXlab or Fusion Express

I would strongly advise taking up the free trial to make sure it works on your computer.

This is not the sort of program for you if you dislike anything stronger than mild processing of photos. This is more for a wild fantasy look. However if you prefer the effects can be dialed down substantially. If you use the software as a plugin in a program with layers the effects can be applied to just a part of the image which can look quite effective.

The main image I tried it out on was taken a few day ago getting the camera low down on a travelator. Luckily a man in a hoodie walked past and got in the frame. Hoodies are real gifts to photographers and this program allowed me to give him some seriously weird treatment, cruelty to hoodies? Possibly or he might think it quite cool. The first image shown is the original before any editing.

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Used as a standalone program you bring a picture into Glow by browsing or drag and drop. When used as a plugin open the picture in your program, do a duplicate layer if you have that facility. For Elements and Photoshop go to filters and select Topaz Glow. To make Glow available for any compatible program as a plugin all you need to do is run it once as a standalone program.

In the following picture the main screen is shown. I have selected one of the 70 presets Natural Neon 3.

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By clicking the dropdown you can narrow down the presets into categories as follows –

  • Featured
  • My Presets
  • All Effects
  • Neon
  • Graphic
  • Liquid Designs
  • Fur and Feathers
  • Fantasy
  • Afterglow

On the work screen shown the changed image is shown full size with a small inset for the original. In the top left you can choose instead side by side or one above the other.

By clicking the box with lines in it far top right you get to the nuts and bolts of the sliders to play around with the various settings to get the image looking just as you want it. First there is a the main glow settings, then secondary glow.

Further down is the colour adjustment panel where you can adjust overall or colour by colour.

Here I made adjustments to bring in more red and yellow.

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 Finally there is  finishing touches. Under this last section I find the vignette adjustment very handy.

As you are making your own adjustments you will see in the menu bar top right a plus sign. Just click this to save your current adjustments as one of your own presets. Note that this is the only sort of history feature available so if your playing with the sliders produces something you really like be sure to save it as a preset. This feature also enables you to set up your own style and preferences so if you prefer the effects dialed down just set up your own presets for future use.

The image was finished off in Photoshop with a crop and extra sharpness and clarity.

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Those who read my blog will know that I use Topaz plugins a lot. There are currently 16 Plugins available which can be bought all at once as a collection or individually. I bought the bundle a couple of years ago but the ones I use the most are in order Topaz Adjust, Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Lens Effects. Unlike some other software Topaz provide all updates of software you buy for free. This does not include new additions and I have not bought all the latest additions to the bundle as I did not think I would make enough use of them. However I have bought Glow as I expect to find it very useful for my style of photography.

Below are a few more examples using different types of images, first a sunset, then an Owl and finally a flower.

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It should be noted that the built in presets are at the extreme end towards the abstract surreal look without editing. If you want a more subtle boost to a normal picture it can be achieved easily by dialing down the strength of the effect using the slider  in the bottom left of the work screen and or using the blend modes next to the strength slider.

If you are interested in Glow remember to use the coupon code -     introglow             at checkout to get the savings until 31 December See

Topaz Labs Glow

For the Bundle and individual details of the other software/plugins see Topaz Labs

Note that free trials are available for any of the plugins.

NOTE - Fair disclosure. The links on this page are affiliate links which give me a small commission if you download a free trial after clicking one of the links and then decide to buy. This is done to help meet the costs of keeping this Blog going.

Edwin

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London Underground Like the Hair https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/london-underground-like-the-hair This shot was taken at  Oxford Circus Station on the Victoria line.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. Shutter Speed was 1/8 second for the train movement.

The main image was processed initially in Camera Raw. I also processed a false HDR and brought that in with a layer mask only on the 2 people in the foreground to make them stand out. The blur tool was used on the people in the background and a viginette added. The image was cropped for better composition

Below is the original image

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Next is the final image after all processing and cropping

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London alpha architecture blur center centre cites cities city color colors colours england girl hair hdr image life light london londra londres man metro metropolis motion municipality people person pictures platform red sigma sony station tonemapped tonemapping topaz trail train transport travel tube uk underground urban woman https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/london-underground-like-the-hair Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:35:35 GMT
Channel 4 The Eyes Have It https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/11/channel-4-the-eyes-have-it Channel4EyesFinalChannel4EyesFinalThis is another shot taken at the Open House London weekend in September. This is the Channel 4 Television headquarters on Horseferry Road. I visited this on the Sunday and it was a pre-booked only building with a though guided tour. It is similar in some ways to Lloyds of London and was designed by the same architect Richard Rogers. Unlike with Lloyds Channel 4 were easy going enough to allow the Architect to put a signature mark on the building only visible from this outside walkway

The viewpoint is looking down at the main entrance and a covered walkway.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. I used various adjustments to the sliders changing the preset including highlight saturation to bring up the existing blue on the roof of the walkway. The scene is very mono and I thought of converting to mono but preferred this with the touches of colour.

Photoshop
Extra Detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity with a layer mask confining the effect to the foreground.

Various adjustment layers were used in the processing including curves and brightness with layer masks. I went to some trouble to reduce brightness at the top and cropping and cloning to remove some cars from the top. We get it drummed into us by Camera Club Judges to remove distractions from the edges of pictures, good advice.

Extra punch to the picture using the clarity effect of high radius unsharp mask, Amount 29 and Radius 29.

This is another shot taken at the Open House London weekend in September. This is the Channel 4 Television headquarters on Horseferry Road. I visited this on the Sunday and it was a pre-booked only building with a though guided tour. It is similar in some ways to Lloyds of London and was designed by the same architect Richard Rogers. Unlike with Lloyds Channel 4 were easy going enough to allow the Architect to put a signature mark on the building only visible from this outside walkway
 
The viewpoint is looking down at the main entrance and a covered walkway.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. I used various adjustments to the sliders changing the preset including highlight saturation to bring up the existing blue on the roof of the walkway. The scene is very mono and I thought of converting to mono but preferred this with the touches of colour.

Photoshop
Extra Detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity with a layer mask confining the effect to the foreground.

Various adjustment layers were used in the processing including curves and brightness with layer masks. I went to some trouble to reduce brightness at the top and cropping and cloning to remove some cars from the top. We get it drummed into us by Camera Club Judges to remove distractions from the edges of pictures, good advice.

Extra punch to the picture using the clarity effect of high radius unsharp mask, Amount 29 and Radius 29.

Below is the original image before any processing.

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Below is the final image after HDR and Photoshop processing

Channel4EyesFinalChannel4EyesFinalThis is another shot taken at the Open House London weekend in September. This is the Channel 4 Television headquarters on Horseferry Road. I visited this on the Sunday and it was a pre-booked only building with a though guided tour. It is similar in some ways to Lloyds of London and was designed by the same architect Richard Rogers. Unlike with Lloyds Channel 4 were easy going enough to allow the Architect to put a signature mark on the building only visible from this outside walkway

The viewpoint is looking down at the main entrance and a covered walkway.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. I used various adjustments to the sliders changing the preset including highlight saturation to bring up the existing blue on the roof of the walkway. The scene is very mono and I thought of converting to mono but preferred this with the touches of colour.

Photoshop
Extra Detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity with a layer mask confining the effect to the foreground.

Various adjustment layers were used in the processing including curves and brightness with layer masks. I went to some trouble to reduce brightness at the top and cropping and cloning to remove some cars from the top. We get it drummed into us by Camera Club Judges to remove distractions from the edges of pictures, good advice.

Extra punch to the picture using the clarity effect of high radius unsharp mask, Amount 29 and Radius 29.

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High Key Effect Using Topaz Simplyfy https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/10/high-key-effect-using-topaz-simplyfy I came across this Underground Tunnel by chance on my last trip to London this month. It is one of the tunnels off the southbound platform of the Picadilly line at Waterloo Station. It made for an ideal base for a high key clinical and futuristic look with a fair amount of processing.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. I used ISO 1000 for a fast enough shutter speed. Outputted in Photomatix.
The minus 2 EV image was brought in as a new layer excluded with a layer mask and then brought back in just for the lights to control the highlights.

Most of the processing was done using Topaz simplify mono pencil sketch light. This was adjusted in the sliders to bring in more detail than the preset. The effect was applied in Photoshop on a duplicate layer with a mask which was used to partly remove the effect from the rails and the woman in the distance.
The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 77 amount and 77 radius.

Original Image

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After Processing

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Hairy Spotted Orchid Focus Stacking https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/9/hairy-spotted-orchid-focus-stacking HairySpotted Orchid FinalHairySpotted Orchid FinalFinal

This shot was taken at West Dean Gardens, Nr Chichester, West Sussex. The real name of this Orchid is Kohleria Jester. In this picture the flower looks quite big. Actually the flower part is no more than an inch long. It is in one of the greenhouses. I immediately recognized  it from a picture taken last year, better than this one, by Camera Club friend and Flickr contact Roger Crocombe.  Although Photoshop can align images to be used for focus stacking it helps if the flower does not blow about too much so being in a greenhouse helped.

The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. Taken on a Tripod.

Taking

The 20 images were taken using manual focusing and small adjustments of the focus ring.

Photoshop

I took RAW images and converted them to Tiff using automate and batch and a Photoshop action.

The next step was in Photoshop to go to file – Automate – Photomerge. In the next window I browsed to the folder where I stored all  the images. On the defaults I left it on Auto but deselected blend images together and made sure all the options at the bottom of the window were deselected. Click OK and when Photoshop is done all the images will be open as separate layers. Next select all the layers Control plus A or Command plus A on Mac. Next go to Edit and select Auto Blend Layers and from the window select Stack Images. Photoshop then proceeds to select  and stack images using the sharpest part of each image and creating layer masks for each image layer.

If there is more movement it might be necessary to crop a fair bit but there was very little in this case. I did though crop for better composition.

A little extra detail with Topaz Adjust Clarity preset with adjustments to cut down the effect. I used a mask of the flower created with the quick selection tool to apply the edit to the flower only.

Tip – for these sorts of edits create the selection. If you will use it again go to Select and save selection and name it. For future edits of the same picture go to Select and Load Selection. To create a mask from the selection first if you have a blank mask on the layer or adjustment layer remove that mask. To create a mask so that edits will only affect the selected area click the icon in the layers area to create a mask. Your mask will appear as white where the selection was on and black everywhere else. To create a mask where adjustments will be made to everything outside the selected area hold down alt while clicking to create a new mask. Note- using masks instead of editing directly with selections gives much more flexibility to change the area the edits apply to later

Topaz DeNoise to remove a small amount of noise.

Levels used to reduce overbright areas away from the flower using a mask to exclude the flower .

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original being one of the 20 images. Then the final focus stacked image.

Original

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Final focus stacked Image

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For licenses and prints see Hairy Spotted Orchid

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 80mm Britain Chichester Dean England Europe Gardens Jester Kohleria Orchid Sony Sussex UK West background bishops blur brokeh buds cathedral color colour depth dof dslr dslra550 field flowers focus gardens green greenhouse lens light macro nature of park pic pink red september sigma spots stacked stacking summer sun topaz west zoom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/9/hairy-spotted-orchid-focus-stacking Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:35:54 GMT
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This shot was taken in the Bishops Palace Gardens adjoining Chichester Cathedral. The Gardens are quite extensive but the area I was in is called the walled garden and a part of it called the wild garden having wild flowers. Although Photoshop can align images to be used for focus stacking it helps if the flower does not blow about too much. The walls in this part of the Gardens help a lot in cutting out the wind.

For visitors not in the know the Gardens are tucked away behind buildings. Access can be gained along a passage from the Cathedral Cloisters or along Canon Lane which has an entrance though an archway off South Street.

The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. Taken on a Tripod.

Taking

The 16 images were taken using manual focusing and small adjustments of the focus ring.

Photoshop

I took RAW and JPEGs but used the JPEGs and copied these to a separate folder.

The next step was in Photoshop to go to file – Automate – Photomerge. In the next window I browsed to the folder for the images. On the defaults I left it on Auto but deselected blend images together and made sure all the options at the bottom of the window were deselected. Click OK and when Photoshop is done all the images will be open as separate layers. Next select all the layers Control plus A or Command plus A on Mac. Next go to Edit and select Auto Blend Layers and from the window select Stack Images. Photoshop then proceeds to select  and stack images using the sharpest part of each image and creating layer masks for each image layer.

If there is more movement it might be necessary to crop a fair bit but there was very little in this case. I did though crop for better composition.

A little extra detail with Topaz Adjust Clarity preset with adjustments to cut down the effect.

Topaz denoise to remove a small amount of noise.

Levels used to brighten a little and a brush on a layer mask used to remove the effect from brighter areas .

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original being one of the 16 images. Then the final focus stacked image.

Original

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Final focus stacked Image

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For licences see Wild Flower Buds Focus Stacked

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) focus stacking 80mm Britain Chichester Chichester cathedral England Europe Sony Sussex UK West Sussex background bishops gardens bishops palace gardens blue blur brokeh buds color colour depth of field dof dslr dslra550 flowers focus focus stacked gardens green june lens light macro nature park pic sigma stacked summer sun topaz wild flowers zoom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/6/wild-flower-buds-focus-stacked Sat, 21 Jun 2014 19:15:55 GMT
Adding Extra Space to an Edge in Photoshop https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/adding-extra-space-to-an-edge-in-photoshop Transform Canada Water Train Wait  FinalTransform Canada Water Train Wait FinalCanada Water Train Wait

 

This shot was taken on my latest day trip to London which included some London underground shots. This one was the Jubilee Line at Canada Water. I have previously passed through this station without stopping so it was a good one to explore. This underground  line is always good for a modern shiny look.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 20mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.  The image was taken at 1/4 second handheld for the longest of the 3 exposures for the train movement.

One particular problem with the picture was that there was not enough space on the right of the passenger and the newspaper disappears off the edge. I tend towards perfectionism and I know from experience a camera club judge would quickly pick up on the fault at the edge. Rather than ditch an unrepeatable picture I used an interesting processing technique to repeat pixels on the edge and solve the problem.

First take a look below at the original image after the initial processing. It is important in composition to avoid a subject being too close to the edge and especially having anything disappearing over the edge of the picture. In this picture one corner of the newspaper goes over the edge.

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The technique involves adding a little canvas space on the edge and then using the free transform tool to stretch pixels into the extra space. The sorts of pictures where this can be successfully used are those with little detail on the edge or an area of repeating patterns. The out of focus background in a flower picture would work well. It is simpler to do if you have some space round the subject but need a little more. When, as in this case, something disappears off the edge it can still be done though with a little more work.

First be sure to save the original picture after all other processing as a Photoshop file with a different file name, it will be needed later.

Go to Image – Canvas Size. In this case we want extra space just to the right of the original. In the window you will see to start with arrows all round, click on the arrow to the left which will then come up showing extra squares on the right as shown on the screenshot below.

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Choose the extra space, I went for a small proportion of the original of 1cm. Click OK and you get the extra as shown below. Background colour does not matter.

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Next step use the rectangular marquee tool to select the edge of the original picture. About the same width as the extra space works well. See below.

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Then go to Edit – Free Transform or hold Ctrl and T while clicking inside the selection. Then click on the small square which appears on the centre right of the selection and drag to the right. The effect is to drag out the pixels in the selection to fill our the extra canvas space with the result as shown below.

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OK, we now have extra space to the right of the seated man. However the newspaper has also spread out and still disappears off the edge. This is where the original file you saved at the start comes in, you did save that didn’t you?.

Open that up. Use the rectangular marquee tool to select the right edge. Copy the selection and paste into our new image. Use the move tool to move the pasted selection to line it up roughly in the space it would have been in before the extension. To avoid messing up the rest of the picture cover it with a black layer mask. Hold alt while clicking the white circle for a layer mask. Now using a white brush bring the selection back in just over the paper.

Now we have a new edge for the paper and using the clone tool with the floor as a source remove the stretched part of the paper clearing this from the edge. The result is a much better picture and you can feel amazingly clever. The final image is shown below.

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For licences and prints see Canada Water Train Wait

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) extend edges in photoshop London underground Transform Westminster add space alpha architecture arquitectura blue canvas center centre cites cities city cityscape color colors colours composition edge england extend picture hdr image jubilee jubilee line life light light trail london londra londres man metro metropolis motion blur municipality people person photoshop picture edge pictures platform red sigma sony sony alpha spectacular stretch tonemapped tonemapping topaz trail train transport travel tube tube station tube train uk underground underground station urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/4/adding-extra-space-to-an-edge-in-photoshop Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:54:23 GMT
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I was out photographing round Canary Wharf on Saturday. I spotted this good composition with reflections in the skyscraper glass, I got lined up right just as a security guard came rushing over to me shouting Stop, Stop, Stop …(click, click, Click) ….Stop. Bear in mind this was not Beijing but a financial district in London. The really hilarious bit was that when I pointed out that I was entitled to take a picture in a public place he got a bit desperate and said it was a very special building. In fact it was not MI5 or similar but an ordinary Bank.

The problem with Canary Wharf is that it is a purpose built development and the developers retained ownership of the streets and pavements rather than having them publically maintained. However they give free access to 10’s of thousands of members of the public daily. There may well be vehicle restrictions but most people arrive through 2 public train lines part of the London underground network. The Jubilee line has one station and the Docklands Light Railway has 2 stations. A fourth station is under construction for the new Crossrail line project. Apart from the office workers many thousands of tourists arrive in the area plus many others arrive to shop at the retail areas. No notices or restrictions are posted anywhere and any visitor seeing a large financial district with streets, pavements and squares would make a reasonable assumption that these outside areas were public. I suspect if this were ever tested in court a Judge with any common sense would rule such a location to be effectively a public area for the purpose of freedom to take photographs. At the very least under English law by leading the public to assume they were in a public place they would be prevented from succeeding in any action against a photographer.( a legal principal called estopple) For this reason I rather doubt that the owners of Canary Wharf would ever want to risk the point ever being tested in a court.

Knowing the definition of a public space is important to photographers because if you are on a public space you are entitled to photograph anything including buildings located on a private place without obtaining permission. The same applies to people. These rules though do differ with different countries so this is a general view for western democracies except France where the strict privacy criminal code prevents the photographing of individuals even in a public place without permission.

Areas which are technically private but have been thrown open to free use by the public are the places where security guard problems are the most likely. The other area of London like this is a location of skyscrapers near City Hall called More London.

Until a few years ago security guards and even police officers seemed delighted to take advantage of laws relating to terrorism whereby they made the assumption that anybody taking photographs in London was a potential scout for terrorist. Perversely the most obvious photographers those with a large SLR camera and especially a tripod were the most targeted. After a lot of protests about pretty clear misuse of the powers the law was changed. Both police officers and security guards received training about the strict limits of the security powers and that more was needed to raise suspicions than just taking photographs.

My own experience since then is that approaches from security guards now tend to be quite polite and usually use the tactic of what are you taking the photograph for and are you a professional. One point here is that the definition of a professional photographer is quite nebulous. It is generally somebody who earns a living from photography. If like me you are mainly amateur but offer your pictures for sale and occasionally sell one you are not a professional.

There is a little confusion here both by Photographers and especially by security guards and those who instruct them. The assumption seems to be that if you take a picture of a building with the intention of offering it for sale for commercial purposes you must have the consent of the building owner. This is NOT correct. Taking a picture from a public space and offering it for sale is not commercial use. The same applies to taking pictures of people in a public space for possible sale. Commercial purposes means to use the image to promote or advertise another person, company or product. Only then is a building or model release required. Effectively it is up to the purchaser to decide if they want a release. If a picture is current you might sell it to a newspaper, no release is required. You might sell the picture for use as an illustration within a book. No release is required. If the image is sold for the cover of a book a release is required because the use there is to promote a product.

There is no point in getting into legal argument with ignorant security guards so I would say that the picture is for my own use and to enter into photographic competitions such as my local camera club, which is true enough. Even more to the point though is that the vast majority of the pictures I take, like most people I suspect, stay on my hard drive and are never used for anything. Only the best are processed.

One important point to note when photographing people is that in some countries including the UK you can take photos of police and security personnel in a public place but in some places this is illegal including Italy as an example.

Disclaimer – this article is not intended as legal advice to be relied upon but is the Authors opinion based on legal principals within the public domain.

Going back to the forbidden photo which started all this. The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. The picture was enhanced with HDR processing, Topaz and Photoshop to bring in more detail. The Contrast Optimiser setting was used in Photomatix for a natural look. The image was converted to Mono in Photoshop with the Black and White adjustment layer. To correct distortions caused by the wide angle and being so close to the building I made use of the transform – puppet warp tool to pull things roughly straight.

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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This is another shot of the famous staircase at Heals Department Store on Tottenham Court Road with the changes made last year. The notable new feature is the chandelier going from top to bottom. There has also been an extension of the part of the staircase accessible to the public to the lowest floor but not the highest floor. This is a shot from the ground floor not previously open to the public.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 17mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. As it was a bit dim down there I created an additional image by using the +2 EV image in Camera Raw and increasing the exposure by 2EV. 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 using Real Estate settings for a natural look

Camera Raw

I opened the Tiff image in RAW and adjusted the White Balance to get it looking right, went for a cooler look.

Photoshop

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and clarity preset. Adjusted settings to suite and added a viginette to focus attention towards the stairs.

Hue saturaturation reds decreased a little.

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 exclude this effect from outer edges of the picture, again to focus attention towards the stairs..

A slight crop was used to improve composition.

Clone tool used for tidy up and in particular to remove some distracting areas of the bottom of the stairs.

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 Spiral Up Heals

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I have photographed the famous staircase at Heals Department Store on Tottenham Court Road before but not since the changes made last year. The notable new feature is the chandelier going from top to bottom. They have also added subtle lighting on the steps. There has also been an extension of the part of the staircase accessible to the public to the lowest floor but not the highest floor.

This seems a fairly common composition probably because it is the best. I felt that using a fishey lens enhances the view.

One problem with using a fisheye looking down is avoiding the feet getting in the picture. I had to lean on the banister and get my feet as far back as possible.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang fisheye lens at 8mm. 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 using Real Estate settings for a natural look

Photoshop

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and boost preset.

Contrast and vibrance increased a little with adjustment layers.

Hue saturation yellows decreased a little to avoid overdoing the wood.

To avoid an over blue look in some small areas of the rails I used a mono layer, adjusted to match the rails, excluded the mono with a layer mask and then brushed it back in just in the small problem areas.

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 31 amount and 31 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

A slight crop was used to improve composition to exclude one of the lights at the edge of the picture.

Clone tool used for tidy up and in particular to remove a distracting light switch at the edge of the picture.

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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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 8mm Photomatix abstract architecture art beautiful blue brown building colour department design elegant engineering england fisheye geometry glass handrail hdr heals heritage iconic image interior light lights london londres pattern patterns perspective photography photoshop samyang shadows sony spiral spiral staircase staircase stairs stairwell store structure sweep top topaz travel uk white wide angle wood yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/3/spiral-down-heals Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:37:45 GMT
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This spiral staircase is located at Premier Inn, Blackfriars located on Dorset Rise off Tudor Street a few minutes walk from Blackfriars Station.

The hotel was built in 2012 and is indeed so new that when I checked on Street View the location was still a building site. When I visited at about 2.00 pm it was very quiet with only cleaners around.

One thing I really like about the Spiral is the height, much greater than most.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 16mm at 1/60 second at 500 ISO. One RAW image had its initial editing done in RAW. This included editing white balance to bring more blue into the centre of the Spiral and increasing Clarity.

Photoshop

The image was first adjusted in Topaz HDR preset group and smooth preset.

I rotated the image 180 degrees for better composition with the rail coming in from the bottom left rarther than top right.

Next the image was put through Topaz again, this time using vibrant detail dramatic with a layer mask to exclude the plain areas away from the railings.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Heal and clone tools used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original

Premier Spiral London 2 OriginalPremier Spiral London 2 OriginalPremier Spiral London 2

Final Image after edits

Premier Spiral London 2 FinalPremier Spiral London 2 FinalPremier Spiral London 2

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Blackfriars a700 architecture arquitectura blue brown buildings center circle circles colours curve empty england geometric geometry hand rail hotel kingdom light lines londres looking up metropolis perspective pictures premier premier inn rail repetition sigma sony spiral spiral staircase stairs stairwell step steps topaz uk united vanishing point wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/3/premier-spiral-london-2 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:42:01 GMT
February Spring Bognor Regis https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/february-spring-bognor-regis February Spring Bognor Regis FinalFebruary Spring Bognor Regis FinalFebruary Spring Bognor Regis

On Wednesday 26th February Spring made a brief appearance before the resumption of the deluge. I found a spread of Crocuses and Daffodils together at a small Green near Gossamer Lane roundabout on a beautiful sunny day. Last year I aquired a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. This was a pretty good bargain at £42 on ebay and a cheap way to try out Macro

The picture was taken hanheld with a Sony A550 which has the benefit of a fold out screen for low shots like this one. I used one RAW image to create 2 extra exposures for a false HDR. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Photomatix

The 2 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix Detail Enhancer method Smooth preset with adjustments.

Photoshop

The 0EV image was opened and then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at 50% opacity was used to apply it to highlight areas to tone them down.

More detail was brought in especially to the foreground using Topaz Adjust clarity setting. The adjustment was used with a layer mask by first making a selection of the foreground area with the crocuses, inverting the selection and then adding a layer mask to create a layer mask excluding the background to keep this soft.

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 43 amount and 43 radius. A layer mask was created from the

The clone brush was used to end leaves in the bottom left and right from going out of the picture and thus improve composition..

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

February Spring Bognor Regis OriginalFebruary Spring Bognor Regis OriginalFebruary Spring Bognor Regis

Tonemapped image

February Spring Bognor Regis TonemappedFebruary Spring Bognor Regis TonemappedFebruary Spring Bognor Regis

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 80mm Aldwick Aldwick Road Bognor Bognor Regis Britain England Europe February Gossamer Lane Photomatix Sony Sussex UK West Sussex background blur brokeh camera raw color colour crocus crocuses daffodil depth dof dslr dslra550 false hdr field flowers focus green hdr lens light macro nature of park pic purple sigma spring sun tonemapped tonemapping topaz yellow zoom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/february-spring-bognor-regis Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:04:15 GMT
View of Galactic Black Hole https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/view-of-galactic-black-hole View of Galactic Black Hole FinalView of Galactic Black Hole FinalView of Galactic Black Hole

The picture is intended to depict the view from a planet near the super massive Black Hole at the centre of our Galaxy. The fire planet in the sky is being broken up by the gravity and the planet of the viewpoint will soon follow. No need for us to worry about that particular Armageddon though as our Solar System is way out on the fringes of our Galaxy and so incredibly far away that however much the Black Hole grows its gravity will never be enough to draw us in even after billions of years.

This was done entirely photographically from my own images. No digital painting and no planet or star images from others.

4 main layers were used.

Landscape Image

First for the landscape I used a picture taken from the side of the Caldera Colorada volcano, near Masdache, Lanzarote. This image was taken during a series of Star Trail images but exposed a little earlier to get light on the landscape. The land was selected and pasted onto a new transparent image and various distortions used including, twirl, shear and transform to create the weird landscape.

The image below is the original landscape before processing

View of Galactic Black Hole LandscapeView of Galactic Black Hole LandscapeView of Galactic Black Hole

Stars Image

The Stars were taken from one 2 minute exposure of the stars and brightened with Topaz.  Then the stars were duplicated and multiplied by selecting, pasting into a new image, rotating and pasting back in areas of few stars. The clone tool was used to add more and cover joins. Then the distort twirl command was used for the rotation.A high setting was used of 659. Brightness contrast was used to brighten more.

The image below is the original star field

View of Galactic Black Hole StarsView of Galactic Black Hole StarsView of Galactic Black Hole

Fire Planet Image

The next image was the Fire Planet. This was taken from a picture I took of a rock on Lanzarote. This was cropped to square. Then the distort spherise command followed by colour balance and hue saturation. Brightness was increased.  One point I discovered after research was that to use the elliptical marquee tool to draw a perfect circle from the centre requires that the smallest part of the drawing has to be started before holding down the shift and alt keys to constrain to a circle. Holding down the shift and alt keys at the start doesn’t work

The image below is the rock image before edits.

View of Galactic Black Hole Fire PlanetView of Galactic Black Hole Fire PlanetView of Galactic Black Hole

Black Hole

The Black Hole was created by drawing a circle, filling with black and using layer styles, outer and inner glow to greate the light emitted at the Event Horizon. The gravity is so strong that once a star falls below the Event Horizon and is crushed, nothing even light can escape.

The star field was used as a base and selections of the landscape and fire planet pasted in. The image below is the final result.

View of Galactic Black Hole FinalView of Galactic Black Hole FinalView of Galactic Black Hole

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) a700 black hole brown canary islands desert dream espana event horizon fantasy fire planet fisheye galaxy gravity hot landscape lanzarote layer layers montage nebula photoshop planet red samyang science fiction solar system sony space stardust stars surreal transparent twirl universe whirlpool wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/view-of-galactic-black-hole Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:44:09 GMT
Wave and Lava Lanzarote https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/wave-and-lava-lanzarote Wave and Lava Lanzarote FinalWave and Lava Lanzarote FinalWave and Lava Lanzarote

This shot was taken on the south west coast of Lanzarote where 250 years ago a large lava field flowed into the sea creating great lava cliffs where now a spectacular road runs along the top. With no interruption great waves come rolling across the Atlantic.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Tamron 28-200 wide zoom lens at 10mm. Taken at 1/3000 second.

1 raw image was taken and then 2 additional images were created in Camera Raw at 2EV separation to create a false HDR. 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 with fusion natural settings

Photoshop

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and vibrant preset.

I reduced brightness overall but used a layer mask to remove that from the centre and the main rock and water so that was brighter and stood out more.

Saturation reds increased to bring out the reds in the lava rock to give the impression they were stil hot.

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 61 amount and 61 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

Crop closer to the main rock.

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

Wave and Lava Lanzarote OriginalWave and Lava Lanzarote OriginalWave and Lava Lanzarote

Tonemapped image

Wave and Lava Lanzarote TonemappedWave and Lava Lanzarote TonemappedWave and Lava Lanzarote

Final Image

Wave and Lava Lanzarote FinalWave and Lava Lanzarote FinalWave and Lava Lanzarote

For licences and prints see Wave and Lava Lanzarote

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) a700 blue canarias canary islands color colour el golfo fast geology hdr holiday island lanzarote lava licht nature ocean photo photography photos photoshop picture pictures red rocks samyang sea shutter sony spain spanien speed spray tonemapped tonemapping topaz travel vacation wasser water wave waves https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/2/wave-and-lava-lanzarote Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:43:33 GMT
Thames Boat Light Stream https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/thames-boat-light-stream Thames Boat Light Stream FinalThames Boat Light Stream FinalThames Boat Light Stream

This shot was taken on my last day trip to London in December. The image is taken from Hungerford Bridge, a pedestrian bridge linked to the railway bridge taking trains to Charing Cross. Although taken with a Tripod not all my pictures from here were steady with vibrations from pedestrians not helping and trying to take pictures when trains went by was hopeless. 2 pictures were taken at 6 seconds exposure each and the images later combined to make a combined trail of the river boat.

The pictures were taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 20mm. Taken at 6 seconds with a Tripod. The pictures were taken one after another.

Photoshop

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and clarity preset with a layer mask to part to apply the effect only to the foreground not the sky to avoid enhancing noise.

Vibrance adjustment layer increased by 40 points.

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 44 amount and 44 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the two original images  and then the final result.

Original first

Thames Boat Light Stream Original 1Thames Boat Light Stream Original 1Thames Boat Light Stream

Original second

Thames Boat Light Stream Original 2Thames Boat Light Stream Original 2Thames Boat Light Stream

Final Image

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For licences and prints see Thames Boat Light Stream

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Hungerford London eye Westminster alpha architecture arquitectura big ben blue boat center centre cites cities city cityscape color colors colours england eye image light light stream light trail london londra londres long exposure metropolis motion motion blur movement municipality parliament pictures red river boat shutter speed sigma sony sony alpha spectacular thames thames boat topaz trail transport travel uk urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/thames-boat-light-stream Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:40:42 GMT
Lanzarote Lava Cave Path https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/lanzarote-lava-cave-path Lanzarote Lava Cave Path FinalLanzarote Lava Cave Path FinalLanzarote Lava Cave Path

Cueva de los Verdes , the Green Caves is a part of a large lava tunnel system in northern Lanzarote. The caves can only be accessed as part of a guided tour every 20 minutes. In the caves artificial but subtle lighting has been added. This view is in the upper gallery. The view is on the path on the way out at the end of the tour.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. Taken on a Tripod. 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 Contrast Optimizer preset which for this particular image produced the most natural look.

Photoshop

The plus 2EV image was opened and then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at 15% opacity was used to darken the highlights in the distance and bring detail into them.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust clarity setting with some manual adjustments. The adjustment was used with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Hue saturation increase in reds a little used with a layer mask only to apply to the redder area in the distance..

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer and a little standard 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 66 amount and 66 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

A slight crop for better composition bringing the area at the end of the path onto a third.

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

Lanzarote Lava Cave Path OriginalLanzarote Lava Cave Path OriginalLanzarote Lava Cave Path

Tonemapped image

Lanzarote Lava Cave Path TonemappedLanzarote Lava Cave Path TonemappedLanzarote Lava Cave Path

Final Image

Lanzarote Lava Cave Path FinalLanzarote Lava Cave Path FinalLanzarote Lava Cave Path

For licences see Lanzarote Lava Cave Path

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Bestsellers DSLR Cameras US]]> edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) a700 canarias canary islands cave cavern caverna caverne caves cavita color colour covo cueva de los verdes farbe fisheye green green caves grotta grotte grotto hdr holiday island lanzarote lava lava tube licht los nature photo photography photos picture pictures red rocks samyang sony spain spanien texture tours travel tunnel underground vacation verdes wasser water wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/lanzarote-lava-cave-path Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:25:19 GMT Surf Splash HDR https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/surf-splash-hdr Surf Splash HDR FinalSurf Splash HDR FinalSurf Splash HDR

This shot was taken on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. I aimed to capture the surf against the rock using a 200mm lens and at 1/45 second for the movement.. This was taken on the Playa Grande beach Puerto del Carmen about 30 minutes before sunset.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Tamron 28--200 zoom at 200 mm. I took 3 pictures for HDR but the plus 2EV was the best. I used this image to create extra exposures at minus 2 EV and minus 4EV for the correct range

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion method Real Estate preset which for this particular image produced the most natural look.

Photoshop

The plus 2EV image was opened and then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at 30% opacity was used on the drop at the top to brighten this.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust crisp setting. The adjustment was used with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Hue saturation decrease in blues for the water and increase in yellow for the rock.

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 26 amount and 26 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

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

Surf Splash HDR OriginalSurf Splash HDR OriginalSurf Splash HDR

Tonemapped image

Surf Splash HDR tonemappedSurf Splash HDR tonemappedSurf Splash HDR

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Canary HDR Islands Lanzarote Puerto del Carmen Sony Spain Sunset beach blue canary islands color colour dslr dslra700 españa false HDR high dynamic range isla island isles canarias light movement ocean oceano photomatix pic playa splash sun surf tonemapped tonemapping topaz water waves yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/surf-splash-hdr Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:31:25 GMT
Hot Sunrise From Mercury https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/hot-sunrise-from-mercury Hot Sunrise From Mercury FinalHot Sunrise From Mercury FinalHot Sunrise From Mercury

The picture is intended to depict a view of the Sun from the planet Mercury which is the closest of the Planets to the Sun.

I wanted to achieve this image entirely photographically from my own images. No digital painting and no planet or star images from others like NASA.

Landscape Image

3 main layers were used. First for the landscape I used a picture taken from the side of the Caldera Colorada volcano, near Masdache, Lanzarote. There is a 45 minute walk round the base of the cone. One side is an unusual rich red, made up from cinder, rich in iron oxide. This image was taken with an 8mm fisheye. Processing was first in Camera RAW to adjust exposure and increase Clarity and Vibrance. I used Topast Adjust boost preset to enhance colours and detail.  The blue sky was removed with a selection.

The image below is the original image after processing

Hot Sunrise From Mercury LandscapeHot Sunrise From Mercury LandscapeHot Sunrise From Mercury

Sun Image

The next image was the Sun. I followed an online tutoriaI step by step although it was based on an earlier version of Photoshop. This was quite complex and rarther than go over it again here, if you are interested see http://www.devppl.com/forum/photoshop-tutorial-creating-a-sun-fire-planet-ss-part-3-vt2534.html  One point I discovered after research was that to use the elliptical marquee tool to draw a perfect circle from the centre requires that the smallest part of the drawing has to be started before holding down the shift and alt keys to constrain to a circle. Holding down the shift and alt keys at the start doesn’t work

The image below is the Sun after edits.

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 Stars Image

The last image was a combination of various Star field images taken on various trips to take star trails. 3 images were used and pasted together in layers using the lighten layer blend mode so each image added to the previous one rather than overlaying it to provide a denser star field. I used some Photoshop Actions called Astronomy Tools to brighten the stars, enhance the colours and add some star effects.

The image below is the star field after edits.

Hot Sunrise From Mercury StarsHot Sunrise From Mercury StarsHot Sunrise From Mercury

 The star field was used as a base and selections of the landscape and planet pasted in. The image below is the final result.

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Lanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/lanzarote-rocky-sunset-hdr Lanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR FinalLanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR FinalLanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR

On Tuesday I flew to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for my usual mid winter warm weather break. The next day 8th January the weather was sunny but with streaks of wispy white cloud lasting all day, ideal for sunset colours. This was taken on the Playa Grande beach Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote about 2 hours before high tide.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 15 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. As the brightest image did not provide enough detail in the rocks I used the plus 2EV RAW image to create an extra exposure a further 2 EV brighter.

Photomatix

The 4 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion method Natural preset with adjustments.

Photoshop

The 0EV image was opened and then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at 50% opacity was used on a selection of the sky to confine the brush to that area and in order to darken the sky a little and bring in the original colours.

The sky selection was saved for future use in the processing by using select – save selection and naming it. This could then be brought back in by using Select – load selection.

More detail was brought in especially to the foreground using Topaz Adjust Specify setting. The adjustment was used with a layer mask and the sky selection used to exclude part of the adjustment from the sky.

Hue saturation decrease in magenta saturation applied with a layer mask only to parts of the sea which looked too purple.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

The healing brush was used to remove sensor dust marks.

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

Lanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR TonemappedLanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR TonemappedLanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR

Final Image

Lanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR FinalLanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR FinalSONY DSC

For licenses see Lanzarote Rocky Sunset HDR

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Canary HDR Islands Lanzarote Puerto del Carmen Sony Spain Sunset beach blue canary islands clouds color colour dslr dslra700 españa hdr high dynamic range isla island islas canarias light ocean oceano photomatix pic playa red reflections sand sigma wide angle sky sony sun tonemapped tonemapping topaz water waves wide angle yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/1/lanzarote-rocky-sunset-hdr Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:42:41 GMT
Landsdown Cresent Bath Long Exposure https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/landsdown-cresent-bath-long-exposure Landsdown Cresent Bath  FinalLandsdown Cresent Bath FinalLandsdown Cresent Bath

This was taken over Christmas while saying at Bath. On one photographic walk I went up to Landsdown Cresent on the hills above the City. The architecture is Georgian in line with much of the City.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 13 mm. To get the long exposure in daylight I used a 10 stop filter with ISO of 100 and an Aperture of F22.

 Processing started with adjustments in Camera RAW for better detail and colours. The sliders used included exposure, Vibrance and clarity.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with Vibrance presets group with vibrance preset to enhance colours. With Topaz applied on a layer a layer mask was used to exclude the effect from some highlight areas.

General adjustments in levels to enhance.

Saturation adjustments, blue channel down to tone down the blues in 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 45 amount and 45 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from the highlights.

Verticals corrected using lens correction, Custom, Vertical Perspective. The image was then cropped.

The healing brush and clone brush were used to remove sensor dust marks.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original, then after RAW editing and Topaz and then the final result.

Original

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After RAW edit

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 10 stops, le, filter, Bath Georgian Landsdown Landsdown Cresent architecture blue bw density" dslr dslra700 editing long exposure neutral photoshop pic road sigma sky sony street topaz wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/landsdown-cresent-bath-long-exposure Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:02:42 GMT
London Underground Station Seat https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/london-underground-station-seat London Underground Station Seat FinalLondon Underground Station Seat FinalThis shot was taken on my latest day trip to London which included some London underground shots. This one was the Jubilee Line at Baker Street. The thing about the Jubilee line is that they have these really cool shiny metal seats. For a short period as a train loads up and leaves all the seats are empty giving the opportunity for this kind of shot
The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. Taken at 1/8 second handheld for the train movement.

This shot was taken on my latest day trip to London which included some London underground shots. This one was the Jubilee Line at Baker Street. The thing about the Jubilee line is that they have these really cool shiny metal seats. For a short period as a train loads up and leaves all the seats are empty giving the opportunity for this kind of shot

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. Taken at 1/8 second handheld for the train movement.

1 raw images was taken and then 2 additional images were created in Camera Raw at 2EV separation to create a false HDR. 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 detail enhancer with fusion natural settings

Photoshop

The OEV image was copied in as a new layer, excluded with a black layer mask and a white brush used to bring back in the nearest parts of the roof top left to even out tones.

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and vibrant preset with a layer mask to part to apply the effect only to the seat.

Crop to focus more on the seat.

One extra processing step I took was on the man in blue. In the original he was dressed all in black and was lost in the background. I did a precise selection of his jumper using the pen tool and then used the colour fill from the edit menu. One important step was to set transparency at 30% to give a natural look with the fabric showing through rather than a solid colour.

Brightness reduced applied with a layer mask only to highlights and the area in the top right including the too bright poster. Saturation reds reduced applied with a layer mask only to the distracting red area of tiles top right.

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 26 amount and 26 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

Heal and clone tools used for 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

London Underground Station Seat OriginalLondon Underground Station Seat OriginalLondon Underground Station Seat

Tonemapped image

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Final Image

London Underground Station Seat FinalLondon Underground Station Seat FinalThis shot was taken on my latest day trip to London which included some London underground shots. This one was the Jubilee Line at Baker Street. The thing about the Jubilee line is that they have these really cool shiny metal seats. For a short period as a train loads up and leaves all the seats are empty giving the opportunity for this kind of shot
The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. Taken at 1/8 second handheld for the train movement.

For licences and prints see London Underground Station Seat

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground alpha architecture arquitectura blue center centre cites cities city cityscape color colors colours england hdr image life light light trail london londra londres man metro metropolis motion blur municipality people person pictures platform red sigma sony sony alpha spectacular tonemapped tonemapping topaz trail train transport travel tube tube station tube train uk underground underground station urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/london-underground-station-seat Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:14:09 GMT
Descent to Warmth Tate Britain https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/descent-to-warmth-tate-britain Descent to Warmth Tate Britain FinalDescent to Warmth Tate Britain FinalDescent to Warmth Tate Britain

I took another day trip to London on Monday 9 December. This was an opportunity to visit an all new Spiral Staircase, red letter day! This is at the Tate Britain Museum in Pimlico. After 2 years of renovations the oldest part of the Museum re-opened on 19th November complete with a new Spiral Staircase to the lower levels.

The stairs lend themselves to B&W photography and I was originally going to do that with this image until I saw the possibilities of the contrast with the warm tones on the lower level.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 10 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The ISO setting was 800 to give a fast enough stutter speed in the light.

 The images were 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 with a custom preset.

Photoshop

The 0EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at low opacity was used to build up detail in highlight areas on the stairs.

Topaz Adjust Vibrant colour boost preset was used to bring in more detail and colour especially in the lower area with a layer mask used to exclude some areas towards the top.

Adjustments with adjustment layers to increase contrast overall and then saturation yellows to bring down the over yellow look of the ground floor.

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 39 amount and 39 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The clone tool was used to remove distracting area on the plinth top right and to even out some areas.

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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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Sony architecture art art gallery banister britain british building city curve curved curves dslr dslra700 elegant england english europe european gallery geometry great Britain handrail hdr heritage high dynamic range historic history lighting london modern museum new photomatix pic reflection reflections sigma spiral spiral staircase staircase stairs stairwell steps tate tate Britain tiles tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk united kingdom urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/descent-to-warmth-tate-britain Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:29:49 GMT
New Change Evening Reflections https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/new-change-evening-reflections New Change Evening Reflections FinalNew Change Evening Reflections FinalNew Change Evening Reflections

I took a similar shot from this location earlier this yearwhen it was just before sunset. This was taken a few months ago and when the sun had set and the lights were coming on. The building is One New Change near St Pauls.

One New Change is a major office and retail development in the City of London and was completed in October 2010. The centre is located at Cheapside, one of the areas within the City historically associated with retailing and markets, and is very close to St Paul's Cathedral and its entrance lines up perfectly. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

The image was processed first with the recently released Photomatix 5 using the new Contrast Optimizer method which produces more natural results than the more commonly used Detail Enhancer.

Photoshop

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group using vibrant Preset with adjustments to suit to bring in more detail. A layer mask was used to part exclude the adjustment from some areas such as highlights.

Contrast adjustment layer increased 20 points.

Vibrance adjustment layer increased 28 points.

Hue Saturation yellows adjustment layer to warm up the image.

Hue Saturation blues adjustment layer saturation reduced 20 points for a more natural look.

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 30 amount and 30 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The clone tool was used to remove some distracting highlights on the right.

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

New Change Evening Reflections OriginalNew Change Evening Reflections OriginalNew Change Evening Reflections

Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Britain England London Sony angle architecture art big blue blue hour british cathedral change cheapside christopher church city city of London cityscape clouds construction dome dslr dslra700 gb hdr high dynamic range hour houses light londra low modern new offices one one new change pauls photography photomatix reflection rooftop shops sigma silhouettes sir sky skyline skyscraper spire st st pauls cathedral street sunset thames tonemapped topaz tower uk urban wide angle wren https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/12/new-change-evening-reflections Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:54:31 GMT
Autumn Leaf South Downs https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/11/autumn-leaf-south-downs Autumn Leaf South Downs FinalAutumn Leaf South Downs FinalAutumn Leaf South Downs

This shot was taken in mid November 2013. I headed up to some woods on the South Downs to try some Autumn Woods shots with the colours at about their peak

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-200 lens at 200 mm.

Photoshop

The RAW file was first opened in Camera Raw and edits made to recover highlights and increase clarity and vibrance.

In Photoshop Topaz Adjust was used on a duplicate layer with a layer mask to bring in more detail on the main leaf only.

Further adjustments were made in adjustment layers To quickly make a layer mask so adjustments only applied to the leaf I first used the quick selection tool on the leaf. Then with the existing mask removed I clicked to create a new white layer mask which automatically created a layer mask with the leaf in white so all adjustments applied to the leaf and were blocked from everything else.

Note that this is a much more flexible than making the adjustments directly to the selected area of the image as it is not destructive and can be easily undone or partly undone using a brush on the mask.

To duplicate the layer mask on another adjustment layer just hold down alt click and drag the mask, drop and click yes to the dialog “Replace Layer Mask”

I used the Hue Saturation adjustment layer with the layer mask and the red and yellow channels to bring out more of an autumn look.

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 40 amount and 40 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some areas.

A vignette was applied using the Elliptical Marquee selection tool, then inverse to select the outer edges with wide feathering and brightness reduction. The effect was to darken the edges of the picture to focus more on the leaf.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original and then the final result after processing.

Original

Autumn Leaf South Downs OriginalAutumn Leaf South Downs OriginalAutumn Leaf South Downs before processing

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) England adjustment adjustment layers autumn blue blur bokeh branch broketh brown camera raw chichester color colour dof downland downs england europe fall forest green layers leaf leaves nature photoshop pic picture raw red sony sony700 south downs sussex topaz tree trunk uk west sussex woodland woods yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/11/autumn-leaf-south-downs Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:49:42 GMT
City Hall Curves and Spirals https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/11/city-hall-curves-and-spirals City Hall Curves and Spirals FinalCity Hall Curves and Spirals FinalCity Hall Curves and Spirals Final

At Open House London in September I took numerous photos of City Hall so I thought it worth processing another one. This shot was from high up looking down at the start of the spiral stairs which gradually widen out as the domed shape of the building widens towards its base. This was another shot with my Samyang 8mm fisheye lens which is just right in this building.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix 5 Beta using Fusion Interiors preset.

Photoshop

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Dramatic 2 preset with adjustments was used to bring in more detail.

Levels and brightness contrast used to brighten the interior with layer masks used to exclude the sky and highlights.

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 20 amount and 20 radius. A layer mask was used to apply this effect only to parts of the interior.

A vignette was applied using the Elliptical Marquee selection tool, then inverse to select the outer edges with wide feathering and brightness reduction.

The healing and clone tools were 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

City Hall Curves and Spirals OriginalCity Hall Curves and Spirals OriginalCity Hall Curves and Spirals Final

Tonemapped image

City Hall Curves and Spirals TonemappedCity Hall Curves and Spirals TonemappedCity Hall Curves and Spirals Final

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 Norman foster Sony abstract angle architecture art boris city city hall city hall london city of london county curve curves dslr dslra700 england fisheye futuristic gb geometric gla hdr high dynamic range house interior lens line lines london modern office offices open open house people perspective photomatix pic queens walk river samyang shapes south bank southwark spiral spiral staircase staircase symmetry thames tonemapped tonemapping topaz tower uk urban wide window https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/11/city-hall-curves-and-spirals Sat, 23 Nov 2013 07:01:19 GMT
Ocean Rapids Pagham https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/11/ocean-rapids-pagham Ocean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham

This shot was taken was taken at the entrance to Pagham Harbour, Sussex, UK. Where the picture was taken there is a sandbar across the Harbour Entrance so as the tide comes out the water is channelled at high speed. It then hits this Groyne supported by large rocks and pours over it like rapids. The effect is especially pronounced at a high spring tide which it was on Monday when the picture was taken.

To see the exact location go to the picture on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/10721609856/in/photostream/ and click on the location on the right to see a map

Thanks to friend and Bognor Camera Club member and flickr contact Roger Crocombe for a heads up about this location at a Club workshop on Landscape earlier this year. Roger has some great shots, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/dailyshotz/

The picture was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 10-20mm zoom at 20mm. I used a BW 10 stop filter to reduce the light and get a 2.5 second exposure for the movement.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2EV  for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix using Fusion natural settings

Photoshop

The image was brightened with a brightness contrast adjustment layer.

In Photoshop Topaz Adjust was used with detail 1 settings to add more detail with a layer mask used to remove the effect from highlights.

Curves were used to enhance

Saturation reds were used to bring up the red on the marker only using a layer mask.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and standard sharpening with Unsharp mask.

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 28 amount and 28 radius. This effect was removed from highlights using a layer mask.

Crop for better composition.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Ocean Rapids Pagham OriginalOcean Rapids Pagham OriginalOcean Rapids Pagham

Tonemapped image

Ocean Rapids Pagham TonemappedOcean Rapids Pagham TonemappedOcean Rapids Pagham

Final Image

Ocean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham FinalOcean Rapids Pagham

For Licence see Ocean Rapids Pagham

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bognor Regis England Pagham Sea a550 atlantic beach blue channel clouds coast coastal coastline current exposure filter groyne hdr le lens long exposure movement ocean pebbles photoshop rapids rip tide rocks rollers sand sigma sky sony south speed spring tide sussex tide topaz uk water waterfall waves west sussex white water wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/11/ocean-rapids-pagham Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:36:07 GMT
South Downs Fungi https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/south-downs-fungi South Downs Fungi  FinalSouth Downs Fungi FinalSouth Downs Fungi

And now for something completely different! I recently aquired a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. This was a pretty good bargain at £42 on ebay and a cheap way to try out Macro.

This shot was taken on Tuesday 29th October a rare sunny skies day in recent weather. I headed up to some woods on the South Downs to try some macro on fungi

The picture was taken using a mini tripod with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 lens at 80 mm. I used one RAW image to create 2 extra exposures for a false HDR. The images were 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 5 Beta using detail enhancer settings with manual adjustments.

Photoshop

The tonemapped tiff file was first opened in Camera Raw using the Open as command in Photoshop. Extra exposure was then added to the main fungi only to make this really stand out from the background.

Topaz Adjust was used on a duplicate layer with a layer mask to bring in more detail on the main fungi only.

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

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 exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing tool and clone tool were used to remove the distracting fungi from the right of the picture.

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

South Downs Fungi  OriginalSouth Downs Fungi OriginalSouth Downs Fungi

Tonemapped image

South Downs Fungi  TonemappedSouth Downs Fungi TonemappedSouth Downs Fungi

Final Image

South Downs Fungi  FinalSouth Downs Fungi FinalSouth Downs Fungi

For licences and prints see South Downs Fungi

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 80mm Chichester Europe Photomatix autumn blur bokeh brown camera raw closeup color colour damp dof downland downs fall false hdr forest funghi fungi fungus green grey hdr leaf leaves macro moss mushrom nature photoshop pic picture pov raw sony sony 550 south downs toadstool tonemapped topaz woodland woods https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/south-downs-fungi Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:06:28 GMT
Pico Veleta Snow Climb https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/pico-veleta-snow-climb Pico Veleta Snow Climb FinalPico Veleta Snow Climb FinalPico Veleta Snow Climb

Last Saturday I did a workshop on Sport and Action for Bognor Regis Camera Club. I scanned some early slides to show some of my early photography. This was taken on one of my earliest bike tours and was of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in particular this ride up Europe’s highest surfaced road to the summit of the Pico Veleta at 11,142ft. This was made especially memorable because the first snow after the summer had just fallen making for dramatic views while still accessible, just, by bike. The image is taken not far from the summit, shortly after this the cleared road ended and we had to drag the bikes though snow and clouds to get to the summit marker.

The picture was taken on the bike while riding with one hand on the handlebars and one hand holding the camera. The camera was a Minolta SLR film camera using Fuji Velvia.

Photoshop

Cloning was done in the corners to bring detail in which had otherwise turned black due to the image being into the light.

Topaz adjust clarity was applied to bring up more detail.

Levels adjusted.

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 33 amount and 33 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original

Pico Veleta Snow Climb Original copyPico Veleta Snow Climb Original copyPico Veleta Snow Climb

Final Image

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For licences and prints see Pico Veleta Snow Climb

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Granada Minolta Pico Veleta Sierra Nevada Spain adventure adventure cycling bicycle bike contra jour cycle cycle touring europe geology highest into the light light mountain mountain cycling mountains peak photoshop road rocks snow snow cycling snow fields summit topaz touring veleta https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/pico-veleta-snow-climb Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:14:55 GMT
Nelson Stairs Somerset House London https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/nelson-stairs-somerset-house-london Nelson Stairs Somerset House London FinalNelson Stairs Somerset House London FinalNelson Stairs Somerset House London

This shot was taken during a visit to London on 21 October which included a visit to Somerset House. The Nelson Stairs are in the South Wing near the River. Though the Stairs are in an area open to the public it seemed more offices than galleries so it was not as busy as some spiral stairs.

The vast Somerset House was designed by Sir William Chambers and built 1776-1801. The Nelson Staircase covers 5 stories. The description on the Somerset House website reads “In designing the Navy Staircase (later renamed the Nelson Stair) in the southern part of the building, Chambers had the space to give free rein to his imagination. Here he created a sweeping staircase, soaring dramatically into space over the drop to the ground floor. The Navy Staircase suffered severely from bomb damage in 1940 and was carefully restored by Sir Albert Richardson.”

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.The low lighting resulted in too much movement in the last exposure so I decided to use the middle exposure RAW file to create the 2 extra exposures for a false HDR. The images were 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 5 Beta using the new Contast Optimiser setting.

Photoshop

The -2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at low opacity was used to build up detail in highlight areas.

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Clarity 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.

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 55 amount and 55 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing tool and clone tool were used to remove the distracting part of a curve from the right of the picture.

A brightness adjustment layer was used to add more brightness.

The crop tool was used to crop a little while straightening

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

Nelson Stairs Somerset House London OriginalNelson Stairs Somerset House London OriginalNelson Stairs Somerset House London

Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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For licences and prints see Nelson Stairs Somerset House London

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Georgian architecture Sony William chambers architecture banister blue britain british building city city of London curve curved curves dslr dslra700 elegant england english europe european fisheye gallery geometry georgian great Britain handrail hdr heritage high dynamic range historic history london museum nelson nelson stairs neo classical old photomatix pic samyang somerset house spiral spiral staircase staircase stairs steps strand tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk united kingdom urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/nelson-stairs-somerset-house-london Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:04:52 GMT
Waterloo Infinity Tunnel https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/waterloo-infinity-tunnel Waterloo Infinity Tunnel  FinalWaterloo Infinity Tunnel FinalWaterloo Infinity Tunnel Final

This is one of my favourite tunnels on the London Underground and is the travelator to the Jubilee Line at Waterloo . This picture was taken crouching down for a low angle using a fisheye lens. The travelator belts are either side of the central stationary walkway. Hardly anybody uses the stationary part so there was no problem taking time to get a symmetrical picture save for the usual strange looks “what on earth is he taking a picture of!”

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang sisheye lens lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.

Photomatix

I used Photomatix 5 Beta the not yet formally released draft new version. The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix using the new Contast Optimiser for the most natural settings with manual adjustments.

Photoshop

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

General adjustments in curves to get the colours right using the grey sample tool, no shortage of grey tones to get that right..

Saturation blues was used to bring up the blue on the stripes a little.

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 44 amount and 44 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

Filters – Lens Correction- Custom – Transform – Horizontal Perspective was used to straighten out the angle of view for better symmetry.

The healing and clone brushes were used to fill in some of the resulting blank areas which would otherwise need to be cropped

The crop tool was used and then dragging the arrows at the corners for manual straightening and to improve symmetry.

The healing and clone tools were used for 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 Waterloo Infinity Tunnel

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground architecture building buildings city color colour colours design dslr dslra700 england fisheye hdr high dynamic range infinite jubilee jubilee line lights lines london metallic metro modern moving perspective photo photography photomatix photos pic picture pictures point samyang shiny silver sony subway symmetry texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz train travelator tube tube tation uk underground underground station urban vanishing walkway wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/waterloo-infinity-tunnel Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:27:54 GMT
Leadenhall Market Empty View https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/leadenhall-market-empty-view Leadenhall Market Empty View FinalLeadenhall Market Empty View FinalLeadenhall Market Empty View

When I stayed the weekend in London last month I was able to make an early Sunday morning start and get shots of an empty Leadenhall Market Building in the City of London. The site was used for market trading from Roman times though the first building for a Market was built in the early 14th century. The present magnificent wrought iron and glass structure was designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones, architect and surveyor for the City of London Corporation. Jones’ other work included Tower Bridge. The market is directly adjoining Lloyds of London so it’s Cafe’s and Restaurants are popular with City Workers. The Market was included in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Detail Enhancer.

Photoshop

The -2 EV image was copied in as a new layer and was then excluded with a black layer mask and a brush used to bring in more detail in the highlight areas.

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Detail 2 preset with adjustments. Some areas were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

The image was enhanced with curves to brighten. The effect was excluded from the highlights with a layer mask.

Hue Saturation reds were used to bring down the colour intensity.

Hue Saturation yellows were used to bring down the colour intensity in yellows especially the lights.

The burn tool was used to bring more detail into the highlights 1% brush used

Layers flattened before going on to 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 60 amount and 60 radius. This effect was excluded from the highlights with a brush on a layer mask

The crop tool was used for better symmetry.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Leadenhall Market Empty View OriginalLeadenhall Market Empty View OriginalLeadenhall Market Empty View

Tonemapped image

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 Final Image

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For Licence and prints see Leadenhall Market Empty View

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 1001 nights Leadenhall Photomatix Photoshop a700 alpha architecture attraction britain building busy capital ceiling city city of London cobbles color colour commerce covered detail england floor food forum frame gb glass harry potter hdr iron leadenhall market lens light lights line lloyds london londres market metropolis mile old ornate restaurant roof shopping shops sigma sony square stalls street structure symmetry topaz tourists uk urban victorian wide angle workers https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/leadenhall-market-empty-view Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:53:01 GMT
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This is a picture from the final stage of the Tour of Britain held in London Sunday afternoon 22 September 2013.

The race was the last stage. Starting from Whitehall there was a circuit which went along the Thames Embankment road to turn by the Tower of London and then back past Big Ben and back into Whitehall. I based myself on the corner by the houses of Parliament. This is on the last of 10 circuits and the last corner and Mark Cavendish, 2nd in line, has positioned himself for the final sprint which he won.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-200 zoom at 60mm. A 1000 ISO was used to get a

Camera Raw

Edits were carried out in RAW to improve exposure, clarity and vibrance. An adjustment brush was used to darken the background and lighten the riders.

Photoshop

The image was cropped to focus on the riders.

The image was adjusted in Topaz lens effects to add a zoom blur. The zoom centre was fixed on Mark Cavendish. The effect was applied on a duplicate layer and a layer mask. A brush was then used to exclude more of the other cyclists from the effect and make them stand out.

Topaz adjust clarity was applied with a layer mask to the cyclists excluding the rest of the picture.

Levels adjusted.

Hue Saturation and vibrance increased.

Hue saturation layer reds used with a layer mask to tone down the reds on the left.

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 37 amount and 37 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 10 2013 Britain Cavendish England London Mark Cavendish Tour Tour of Britain Westminster Whitehall a700 bicycle bike blur cav city corner cycle cycle race cycling gb lens lens effects movement photoshop race road sigma sony speed sprint stage team topaz uk zoom https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/mark-cavendish-sprint-lineup Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:27:43 GMT
Lights of the City St Pauls https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/lights-of-the-city-st-pauls Lights of the City St Pauls FinalLights of the City St Pauls FinalLights of the City St Pauls

When I stayed overnight in London for Open House last month I was able to get time and the dark for some light trail shots. This one was taken at St Paul’s Cathedral. This is looking towards it approaching from the west on Ludgate Hill Road. The road is busy with London Buses and the double deckers with the iconic red make for ideal light trails.

The picture was taken on a tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 15mm.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer with fusion natural settings. I made a fair few manual adjustments to the Photomatix sliders to get the image looking just right

Photoshop

The bright lighting on the dome was brought down by bringing in the minus 2 EV image in a new layer and applying it only to the Dome with a layer mask.

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant clarity and a layer mask to exclude from some areas including all of the light trail to retain a softer look to that.

Slight increase in brightness and contrast

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 45 amount and 45 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from the light trail to keep a softer look to this.

Verticals corrected using lens correction, Custom, Vertical Perspective. The image was then cropped but some parts of the left edge were filled in with the healing content aware tool to avoid having to crop too much.

A wobbly looking reflection in the bus window of the crossing pole was removed with the healing brush.

Some cloning 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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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) architectural architecture britain bus capital cathedral center centre cities city city of London cityscape cityscapes color colour dark darkness dslr dslra700 edifice england european hdr heritage high dynamic range landmark light trail light trails lights london londres motion blur movement municipality night time nights photo photography photos pic red shutter speed sigma sony st pauls streaming street structure tonemapped tonemapping topaz tourism traffic traffic trail travel uk united kingdom urban wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/lights-of-the-city-st-pauls Sun, 06 Oct 2013 18:42:22 GMT
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This is another picture from London Open House on 21st and 22 September 2013. This one was taken on the Saturday morning. I went to the inside of the Lloyds Building in 2011 and had not originally planned to go there. However as this was only a short distance from my last building I decided to pay another visit.

 The queue was round the block but I knew from previous experience that it moved quickly and I was inside within half an hour. By contrast I heard the very long queue for the Gherkin opposite moved very slowly. I think this is because for Lloyds you go up by escalators to the main area whereas for the Gherkin people have to enter the viewpoint via lifts. At Lloyds I visited the main floor and the higher viewpoints.

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.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion with natural settings and manual adjustments.

Photoshop

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

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Crisp preset with adjustments 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 yellows were used to bring out the colours on the escalators more.

The crop tool was used and then dragging the arrows at the corners for manual straightening and to improve symmetry.

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 49 amount and 49 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

A viginette was applied using the elliptical marquee tool and a brightness adjustment to bring more attention to the escalators and the people on the right.

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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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 Lloyds building Lloyds of London London open house Photomatix Richard rogers architecture atrium bishopsgate ceiling city color colour colours columns concrete dslr dslra700 escalators floor furniture geometry glass hdr high dynamic range industry inside inside out insurance interior lights lloyds london office offices open house open plan open space people photo photographers photography photomatix photos pic picture pictures reflections sigma sony square mile steel texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/10/lloyds-of-london-atrium-view Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:03:13 GMT
City Hall Descending Spirals https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/city-hall-descending-spirals City Hall Descending Spirals FinalCity Hall Descending Spirals FinalCity Hall Descending Spirals

The idea of this shot was to show the domed shape of the building which confines the spiral staircase and determines its shape and also to show the scale and context with the Thames visible through the windows.

My visit to the Open House weekend started with City Hall on the South Bank. The amazing spiral staircase inside is the centrepiece of this building. I had been to it in 2011 but wanted to try out my fisheye lens on it. I took so many shots inside that processing another one was a must.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer with custom settings

Photoshop

The minus 2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A brush was then used on the area of sky in the top left which was too bright to brighten to darken this to match the main sky area.

The plus 2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A brush was then used on the area of spiral overhead to lighten this.

Topaz Adjust Vibrant clarity preset with adjustments was used to bring in more detail.

Levels and brightness contrast used to brighten the interior with layer masks used to exclude the sky.

Vibrance adjustment layer increased 12 points.

Saturation Greens used to bring down the green hue on the steps while retaining it in the interior glass

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 37 amount and 37 radius. A layer mask was used to apply this effect only to parts of the interior.

The healing and clone tools were 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 City Hall Descending Spirals

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 Norman foster Sony abstract angle architecture art boris city city hall city hall london city of london county curve curves dslr dslra700 england fisheye futuristic gb geometric gla hdr high dynamic range house interior lens line lines london modern office offices open open house people perspective photomatix pic queens walk river samyang shapes south bank southwark spiral spiral staircase staircase symmetry thames tonemapped tonemapping topaz tower uk urban wide window https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/city-hall-descending-spirals Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:00:43 GMT
Angel Building Pointing Skyward https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/angel-building-pointing-skyward Angel Building Pointing Skyward FinalAngel Building Pointing Skyward FinalAngel Building Pointing Skyward

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

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) England London Sony abstract angel building angle architecture art atrium black city city of london county dslr dslra700 fisheye floors futuristic gb geometric hdr high dynamic range house interior islington lights line lines looking up modern office offices open open house people perspective photomatix pic samyang sculpture shapes skylight symmetry tonemapped tonemapping topaz tower uk urban wide window https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/angel-building-pointing-skyward Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:45:00 GMT
City Hall So Next Century https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/city-hall-so-next-century City Hall So Next Century FinalCity Hall So Next Century FinalCity Hall So Next Century Final

This is my first shot to be processed from this year’s London Open House on 21st and 22 September. City Hall is on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge and was my first visit.

The amazing spiral staircase inside is the centrepiece of this building. I had been to it in 2011 but wanted to try out my fisheye lens on it. I was surprised that the queues were quite light. I arrived an hour before opening but very few people were there and when I came out there was no queue. Last year there was apparently a long wait. The picture shows how incredible this place is inside.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer with custom settings

Photoshop

The 0EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A brush was then used on the sky to brighten this and cut out the muddy look.

Topaz Adjust Vibrant gritty 2 preset was used to bring in more detail with a layer mask and brush used to remove the effect from highlights.

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 35 amount and 35 radius. A layer mask was used to apply this effect only to the foreground area.

An adjustment layer was used to convert to mono.

Brightness contrast adjustment layer used to increase both brightness and contrast.

The healing and clone tools were 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 City Hall So Next Century

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Norman foster Sony abstract angle architecture art black and white boris bw city city hall city hall london city of london county curve curves dslr dslra700 england fisheye futuristic gb geometric gla hdr high dynamic range house interior lens line lines london modern office offices open open house people perspective photomatix pic queens walk river samyang shapes south bank southwark spiral spiral staircase staircase symmetry thames tonemapped tonemapping topaz tower uk urban wide window https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/city-hall-so-next-century Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:21:59 GMT
London Open House Preview https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/london-open-house-preview Open House London 2013Open House London 2013 City Hall1Open House London 2013

I spent the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September viewing buildings open to the public just the one weekend of the year and on the Sunday afternoon taking photos of the final stage of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race through the streets of London.

Highlights of Open House included the insides of City Hall, Lloyds and Battersea Power Station. I tend to be a perfectionist in terms of choice of picture and getting the processing just right to display and image at its best before it appears on Flickr or appears on my website for sale. It is likely to be months before I finish processing and showing the best of these pictures

For this preview I will be telling the story of the weekend while it is still fresh and showing some of the pictures in small resolution all without any processing save for sizing.

The light was pretty rubbish all weekend with dull overcast skies but for photos of the inside of build Open House London 2013Open House London 2013 City Hall 2Open House London 2013 ings this was an advantage as it meant less contrast.

The weekend started with City Hall on the South Bank. The amazing spiral staircase inside is the centrepiece of this building. I had been to it in 2011 but wanted to try out my fisheye lens on it. I was surprised that the queues were quite light.

I arrived an hour before opening but very few people were there and when I came out there was no queue. Last year there was apparently a long wait.

The pictures show how incredible this place is inside.

Next it was on to the Angel Building north of the Barbican. Tube engineering work meant a bus for part of the journey. A one day travel card from my local station made transport quite easy with the train to London and all underground and bus travel included. There is a great Atrium at the Angel Building with a black sculpture in the centre all enhanced with the fisheye.

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Next it was on to the Broadgate area north of Liverpool Street. The Broadgate Tower was not open this year but I went first to the lobby of nearby Exchange House.

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Then a few blocks along the lobby of 155 Bishopsgate.

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I went to the inside of the Lloyds Building in 2011 and had not originally planned to go there. However as this was only a short distance I decided to pay another visit.

Open House London 2013Open House London 2013 Llloyds Trading FloorOpen House London 2013 The queue was round the block but I knew from previous experience that it moved quickly and I was inside within half an hour. By contrast I heard  the very long queue for the Gherkin opposite moved very slowly. I think this is because for Lloyds you go up by escalators to the main area whereas for the Gherkin people have to enter the viewpoint via lifts. At Lloyds I visited the the main floor and the higher viewpoints.

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I just made my last visit of the day the Foreign Office by about 3 minutes before last entry. No queue at that time, straight in. There is a great courtyard, lavish rooms and last a splendid staircase.

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On the way to night shots round St Paul’s I stopped off for a sunset view of I New Chance offices and shops.

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I stayed at a hotel overnight and made an early start Sunday to get shots of Leadenhall Market empty.

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The main target for Sunday morning was Battersea Power Station or its ruins.  This was open for one time only over the weekend before its redevelopment starts. I later heard that 18,000 people got in on Saturday with 5 hour queues.

I was quite lucky. I arrived there just before 10.00 for the 11.00 opening and joined a fast walking queue as they decided to open an hour early at 10.00. I probably only waited about 40 minutes. There was a tent inside with details, plans and models of the redevelopment and then an open area in the front of that for viewing and photos .

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I did find it difficult photographically to get a good shot. With the fisheye I did manage to get all 4 chimneys. Some went for the Camera Club "details of rust" kind of shot much to the puzzlement of everybody else. I went for the multiple photographers shot.

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My last Open House visit was to Tower Bridge House where the Atrium could be viewed from the ground and top floors.

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Next it was on to the Tour of Britain final stage being held in London in the afternoon. Starting from Whitehall there was a circuit which went along the Thames Embankment road to turn by the Tower of London and then back past Big Ben and back into Whitehall. I based myself on the corner by the houses of Parliament. Not long before the race start about 6 official Agency Photographers settled on the road just in front of me but sitting down for low angles. I decided my choice of location had been pretty good. As expected Bradley Wiggins won the Gold Jersey for overall race winner and Mark Cavendish won the day’s stage.

 

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Battersea Battersea power station City Lloyds Lloyds of London London Open House Open House Weekend Urban angle architecture arts atrium building" change" city hall, spiral, staircase, angle, courtyard culture engineering england exchangel house foreign office glass history image interior leadenhall lines lutine marble market museum new patterns roof space st pauls steel sunset tower bridge house travel trip uk urban viewpoint white window windows https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/london-open-house-preview Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:20:24 GMT
British Museum Overlook https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/british-museum-overlook British Museum Overlook FinalBritish Museum Overlook FinalSONY DSC

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.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

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.

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 British Museum Overlook

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London museum Sony architectural architecture art arts black bloomsbury blue britain building ceiling courtyard culture design dslr dslra700 education engineering england exhibition foster frame gb geometry glass hdr high dynamic range history holiday image interior lines london marble museum norman pattern patterns photography photomatix pic reflection reflections roof shadows sky space square steel tonemapped tonemapping topaz tourism travel triangle triangles trip uk urban viewpoint walls white window windows https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/british-museum-overlook Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:29:23 GMT
Starship Corridor Southwark https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/starship-corridor-southwark Starship Corridor Southwark FinalStarship Corridor Southwark Final

This is another shot from my last London Day Trip. This was taken at Southwark on the Jubilee Line. Each station on the line is different but all with a futuristic look and this one perhaps most of all.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sony 10-20mm wide angle lens at 10mm. I took 3 pictures for HDR. As Tripods are not allowed I used ISO 800 to get a fast enough shutter speed of 1/30 second for the 0EV shot.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer.

Photoshop

First the OEV and minus 2 EV images were brought back in as new layers with layer masks and applied with brush strokes on the mask only to highlights to bring these down.

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with clarity preset to bring in more detail. The effect was applied on a layer with a layer mask which I used to exclude some of the highlights from the enhancement.

Light was brought up with levels with highlights excluded with a layer mask..

Contrast increased a little.

Vibrance decreased a little.

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 39 amount and 39 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights and parts of the ceiling.

The clone tool was used for 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 Prints and licence see Starship Corridor Southwark

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Europe London underground Starship enterprise architecture building city color colours corridor dslr dslra700 england gb hdr high dynamic range jubilee jubilee line light lights lines london metro modern perspective photo photography photomatix photos pic picture pictures reflections sigma sony southwark starship station symmetry texture tonemapped tonemapping trains tube tunnel uk underground urban wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/9/starship-corridor-southwark Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:33:34 GMT
Long Sunset Pagham https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/long-sunset-pagham Long Sunset Pagham FinalLong Sunset Pagham Final

This was taken looking North West across Pagham Harbour. In this area of the UK’s south coast at this time of year there are few areas where a sunset can be taken across water with the sun setting well to the north. This is taken from the spit of land across part of the Harbour entrance and is only a mile from home. Pagham Harbour is a nature reserve.

The image was a 58 second long exposure taken with a 10 stop filter. This reduces the amount of light coming through the lens nearly a thousand times.

As can be seen from the before and after pictures below the original colours were disappointing but improved a lot with the processing. The day was windy and the water choppy but the long exposure has the benefit of smoothing out the water and improving reflections.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm

 Processing started with adjustments in Camera RAW for better detail and colours. The sliders used included exposure, Vibrance and clarity. I aimed to brighten the beach areas and enhance colours

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with Vibrance presets group with Specify preset to enhance colours. With Topaz applied on a layer a layer mask was used to exclude the effect from some areas especially the sky to bring down the effect on blues.

Adjustments in levels to brighten the foreground excluding the sky with a layer mask.

Saturation adjustments, blue channel down by 50 points to tone down the blues in the sky and clouds

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 30 amount and 30 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original, then after RAW editing and then the final result.

Original

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After RAW edit

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Final Image

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For Prints and licences see Long Sunset Pagham

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 10 stops England Sony Sunset beach blue bw clouds color colour dslr dslra700 filter gb harbour island landscape le light long exposure nature nature reserve nd neutral density ocean oceano pagham photography pic picture playa red reflection reflections seascape shingle shore sigma wide angle sky soft sony still sun sussex tide tides topaz uk water waves west sussex wide angle yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/long-sunset-pagham Sun, 01 Sep 2013 08:45:00 GMT
Lines towards St Pauls https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/lines-towards-st-pauls Lines towards St Pauls FinalLines towards St Pauls Final

This shot was taken on my latest day trip to London. This one was at One New Change near St Pauls.

One New Change is a major office and retail development in the City of London and was completed in October 2010. The centre is located at Cheapside, one of the areas within the City historically associated with retailing and markets, and is very close to St Paul's Cathedral and its entrance lines up perfectly. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 20mm.

The image was taken into the light with the sun behind the Cathedral making it an ideal candidate for HDR. 3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.  The images taken were not sufficient to cover the full range of light so I added extra exposures at either end using Camera Raw.

Photomatix

Camera Raw was used to add extra images either end. There were then 5 images at 2EV separation which were outputted in Photomatix with fusion natural settings

Photoshop

The Plus 2EV image was brought in as a new layer and applied with a layer mask to only St Paul’s to bring more light in.

The minus 2EV image was brought in as a new layer and applied with a layer mask to only parts of the clouds to control highlights.

The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant Autumn Preset with adjustments to suit to bring in more detail and warm up the image. A layer mask was used to part exclude the adjustment from some areas such as highlights.

General adjustments in levels to enhance and brighten with a layer mask to exclude the highlight areas

Hue Saturation yellows  adjustment layer to warm up the image.

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 30 amount and 30 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The crop tool was used for better composition and symmetry.

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

Lines towards St PaulsLines towards St Pauls Original

Tonemapped image

Lines towards St Pauls TonemappedLines towards St Pauls Tonemapped

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Britain England London Sony angle architecture art big blue british cathedral change cheapside christopher church city city of London cityscape clouds construction dome dslr dslra700 gb hdr high dynamic range hour houses light londra low modern new offices one one new change pauls photography photomatix reflection rooftop shops sigma silhouettes sir sky skyline skyscraper spire st st pauls cathedral street sunset thames tonemapped topaz tower uk urban wide angle wren https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/lines-towards-st-pauls Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:18:53 GMT
Waiting Passenger London Underground https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/waiting-passenger-london-underground Waiting Passenger London Underground finalWaiting Passenger London Underground Final

This shot was taken on my latest day trip to London which included some London underground shots. This one was the Central Line at Tottenham Court Road.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.  The picture was taken handheld at 1/5 of a second.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

First adjusted in Topaz vibrant clarity with adjustments to suit and a layer mask to part exclude from some areas including all of the roof.

General adjustments in levels to enhance with layer mask to exclude the highlight areas

Vibrance layer was increased by 10 points.

Colour balance adjustment layer used to to warm up the image.

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 46 amount and 46 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

Heal and clone tools used for tidy up.

The crop tool was used for better composition and to remove distracting areas including the lights.

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

Waiting Passenger London Underground TonemappedWaiting Passenger London Underground Tonemapped

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground alpha architecture arquitectura blue center centre cites cities city cityscape cityscapes color colors colours england girl hdr image life light light trail london londra londres metro metropolis motion blur municipality people person pictures platform red sigma sony sony alpha spectacular tonemapped tonemapping topaz trail train transport travel tube tube station tube train uk underground underground station urban woman https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/waiting-passenger-london-underground Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:18:35 GMT
British Museum Roof Fisheyed https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/british-museum-roof-fisheyed British Museum Roof Fisheyed FinalBritish Museum Roof Fisheyed Final

This is another shot from my latest day trip to London this time from the British Museum. There must be millions of pictures of the central Atrium so I got out my trusty Samyang Fisheye lens to try for a different approach.

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 Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The images were 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 detail enhancer with natural settings

Photoshop

The +2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. To get an exact selection the pen tool was used on the sky. A brush was then used on the sky with varying opacities to partly bring back the darker sky from the HDR. The lighter +2EV image was retained for all of the building area.  

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Clarity 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.

Vibrance and Saturation blues used to bring up the blue areas in 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 42 amount and 42 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

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

British Museum Roof Fisheyed OriginalBritish Museum Roof Fisheyed Original

Tonemapped image

British Museum Roof Fisheyed TonemappedBritish Museum Roof Fisheyed Tonemapped

Final Image

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For licences and prints see British Museum Roof Fisheyed

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London museum Sony architectural architecture art arts black bloomsbury blue britain building ceiling courtyard culture design dslr dslra700 education engineering england exhibition fisheye foster gb geometry glass hdr high dynamic range history holiday image interior lines london marble museum norman pattern patterns photography photomatix pic reflection reflections roof samyang shadows sky space square steel tonemapped tonemapping topaz tourism travel triangle triangles trip uk up urban walls white windows https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/british-museum-roof-fisheyed Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:39:37 GMT
Courtauld Gallery Stairs Somerset House https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/courtauld-gallery-stairs-somerset-house Courtauld Gallery Stairs Somerset House finalCourtauld Gallery Stairs Somerset House Final

I took another day trip to London yesterday, Monday 19 August which included a visit to Somerset House. I have been a little into spiral staircases this year so this was another one to bag.

The vast Somerset House was designed by Sir William Chambers and built 1776-1801. These stairs are in the North Wing or Strand Building. This was completed by 1780 and occupied, for its first 57 years, by Royal Academy of Arts. It now gives access to the Courtauld Gallery. 

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The ISO setting was 1000 to give a fast enough stutter speed in the dim light. The images were 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 with the Natural preset

Photoshop

The -2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at low opacity was used to build up detail in highlight areas.

Topaz Adjust Vibrant Detail 2 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.

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 33 amount and 33 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The clone tool were used to remove the distracting light from the left of the picture.

A brightness adjustment layer was used to add more brightness.

The crop tool was used to crop a little while straightening

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

Courtauld Gallery Stairs Somerset House OriginalCourtauld Gallery Stairs Somerset House Original

Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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For licences and prints see Courtauld Gallery Stairs Somerset House

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Georgian architecture Sony William chambers architecture art gallery banister blue britain british building city city of London courtauld courtauld institute curve curved curves dslr dslra700 elegant england english europe european fisheye gallery geometry georgian great Britain handrail hdr heritage high dynamic range historic history london museum neo classical old photomatix pic samyang somerset house spiral spiral staircase square mile staircase stairs steps strand tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk united kingdom urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/courtauld-gallery-stairs-somerset-house Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:59:27 GMT
Perseids Meteors Star Trails https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/perseids-meteors-star-trails Perseids Meteors Star Trails FinalPerseids Meteors Star Trails Final

I was not planning to take any Star Trail shots until the autumn when the sun will be setting earlier. However there was a happy coincidence on Monday evening of the peak of the Perseid Meteor shower and clear skies, rare in the UK.

The shot was taken from Pagham Harbour Wall looking due north. Pagham Harbour is a Nature Reserve and the water in the shot is a lagoon north of the Harbour. Overhead the Milky Way is visible but there is a lot of light pollution on the horizon with Bognor Regis to the East, Chichester 5 miles to the North and the city of Portsmouth being 20 miles to the West. It does have the considerable benefit though of being only 1 mile from home.

I used my Interval Timer and set the camera at ISO 200 and bulb and the timer at 2 minutes at f3.5.  I took 2 hours of pictures starting about 11.00 so finished at 1.00 am. The picture was taken with my Samyang 8mm Fisheye lens.

There are 3 meteors visible on the left of the picture. The trails look shorter than they were due to the fisheye. I saw about 30 in all while I was out. One especially, not in the frame, was very bright and left a smoke trail.

The images were stacked in Startrails.exe

There are 2 methods of taking Star Trail images, either one long exposure of 20 minutes plus or a lot of shorter exposures later blended together. The problem with the first is if something goes wrong such as a walker with a flashlight or condensation you can lose the whole thing so I went for the second. It would normally be very time consuming to blend all the pictures together but there is now free software available to do it for you at http://www.startrails.de/html/software.html

With the method of stacking together shorter exposures noise is not such an issue so I turned off the Cameras noise reduction settings. If these are turned on it doubles the exposure length as a second image is taken automatically of the same length for the noise reduction process. This also causes gaps in the Star Trails if multiple images are blended. Noise was corrected later with software.

The circular pattern is formed by pointing the camera towards Polaris the Pole Star near the Plough. As the Earth turns stars more above the pole do not appear to move as much as those more above lower latitudes. I had with me an HTC Android Smart Phone with the Google Sky App. This enabled me to accurately locate the pole star

All the settings and equipment were as follows

- Sony A700 Camera.

- ISO 200, f3.5, 1 minute 59 seconds, 8mm.

- Long Exposure and high ISO noise reduction set to off. Otherwise the Camera would take One minute and 59 seconds between each shot for its own noise reduction resulting in great gaps in the Star Trails.

- Samyang Fisheye lens 8mm.

- Tripod.

- Interval timer

See this post for a review of this Timer

http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2012/5/timer-interval-remote-review

<b>Photoshop</b>

For the Star Trails the stacking software works on jpegs which are then saved as a Tiff.

After opening in Photoshop some extra detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Crisp preset

Overall Brightness increased.

Brightest stars selected with an Action from Astronomy tools and their brightness increased.

Noise reduced with Noiseware Pro.

Extra boost using Clarity setting of unsharp mask, amount 59 radius 59

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the Star Trails Image after merging of the frames but before other processing and then the final result.

Original Blended Images

Perseids Meteors Star Trails OriginalPerseids Meteors Star Trails Original

Final Image

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For Prints and licences see Perseids Meteors Star Trails

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bognor Regis Dark Pagham UK West Sussex astronomy astrophotography celestial darkness dslr fisheye fisheye lens galaxy geology lagoon landscape long exposure meteor meteor showers milky way nature night night sky north path perseid meteors photography pic picture polaris red reserve samyang shooting star sky sony700 space star star trails the plough trails universe wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/perseids-meteors-star-trails Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:23:49 GMT
Pont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/pont-de-normandie-coloured-sketch-effect Pont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect FinalPont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect Final

This is a shot taken while travelling over the Pont de Normandie bridge over the River Seine near Le Havre, France. I was in the front passenger seat of the car so had a good chance to take quite a sequence of pictures.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

The bridge is pretty surreal to start with so I decided to experiment with Topaz Simplify and Coloured sketch preset.

Photoshop

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Clarity preset with adjustments.

The main sketch effect was then added using Topaz Simplify, coloured sketch preset with some adjustments. This was applied on a layer with a layer mask. The road area was darkened by removing the effect by about 20% using a brush on the mask.

A brightness Contrast Adjustment layer was used to increase contrast.

Layers flattened before going on to 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 53 amount and 53 radius. This effect was excluded from some areas with a brush on a layer mask

The healing and clone tools were used for tidy up..

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original Image

Pont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect OriginalPont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect Original

Final Image

Pont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect FinalPont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect Final

For Licence and prints see Pont de Normandie Coloured Sketch Effect

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Normandy bridge Photomatix Photoshop Topaz Simplify a700 architecture basse normandie blue bridge calvados color colored sketch colour coloured sketch effect france honfleur landscape lens normandie normandy paysage pont pont de normandie river rivière road scenery seine sigma simplify sketch sketch effect sky sony sony alpha supports topaz wide angle wires https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/pont-de-normandie-coloured-sketch-effect Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:30:00 GMT
Leadenhall Market Roof City of London https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/leadenhall-market-roof-city-of-london Leadenhall Market Roof City of London FinalLeadenhall Market Roof City of London Final

This is a shot of the Leadenhall Market Building in the City of London taken on a London day trip in June. The site was used for market trading from Roman times though the first building for a Market was built in the early 14th century. The present magnificent wrought iron and glass structure was designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones, architect and surveyor for the City of London Corporation. Jones’ other work included Tower Bridge. The Market was included in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Detail Enhancer.

Photoshop

The -2 EV image was copied in as a new layer and was then excluded with a black layer mask and a brush used to bring in more detail in the highlight areas.

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Clarity preset with adjustments. Some areas were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

The image was enhanced with curves to brighten. The effect was excluded from the highlights with a layer mask.

Hue Saturation reds were used to bring down the pinks in the walls a little.

Layers flattened before going on to 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 46 amount and 46 radius. This effect was excluded from the highlights with a brush on a layer mask

The ruler tool was used to straighten and crop.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Leadenhall Market Roof City of London OriginalLeadenhall Market Roof City of London Original

Tonemapped image

Leadenhall Market Roof City of London TonemappedLeadenhall Market Roof City of London Tonemapped

 Final Image

Leadenhall Market Roof City of London FinalLeadenhall Market Roof City of London Final

For Licence and prints see Leadenhall Market Roof City of London

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 1001 nights Leadenhall Photomatix Photoshop a700 alpha architecture attraction britain building busy capital ceiling city city of London color colour commerce covered detail england food forum frame fresh gb glass harry potter hdr iron leadenhall market lens light lights line lloyds london londres market metropolis mile old ornate restaurant roof shopping shops sigma sony square stalls street structure symmetry topaz tourists uk up urban victorian wide angle workers https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/leadenhall-market-roof-city-of-london Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:21:31 GMT
Sky Train London Surrey Classic https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/sky-train-london-surrey-classic Sky Train London Surrey Classic FinalSky Train London Surrey Classic Final

This shot was taken on the Inaugural Prudential London Surrey Classic Pro Cycle Race on Sunday 4th August. This was and will certainly be a high profile race for the future with a finish on the Mall. The shot was taken on the most southern part of the course at Walliswood Surrey which was also part of a 3 lap circuit of Leith Hill giving the chance to photograph the riders 3 times. Ben Swift was the best known rider in Sky's team for this race and he finished 10th.

I had only decided to go there on Saturday after realising that Sunday’s destination for my Club’s standard 60 mile bike ride was that day coincidentally only 8 miles short of the southern part of the race route. 4 club mates joined me to ride up there after lunch.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 10-20mm zoom at 16mm. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2EV  for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to using Detail Enhancer with natural settings

Photoshop

The crop tool was used to focus on the 5 Team Sky riders.

In Photoshop Topaz Clarity was used with landscape sunny preset to light up the scene better.

Topaz Adjust was used with a layer mask to bring more detail into the cyclists.

Levels were used to enhance

Brightness was increased overall.

Saturation blues was used to bring up the blues on the Sky Team Kit.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and standard sharpening with Unsharp mask.

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. This effect was applied only to the riders for a final extra boost.

 

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Sky Train London Surrey Classic OriginalSky Train London Surrey Classic Original

Tonemapped image

Sky Train London Surrey Classic TonemappedSky Train London Surrey Classic Tonemapped

Final Image

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For Licence and prints see Sky Train London Surrey Classic

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 England London London surrey classic Surrey UK a550 bicyclists bike bike race biking black blue corner country cycle cycling cyclists gb green hdr lens peloton photoshop pro pro race prudential prudential bike race prudential ride London surrey classic race racing rural sigma sky sky pro cycling sky team sony speed sport surrey London bike race team sky topaz trees uk walliswood wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/8/sky-train-london-surrey-classic Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:00:26 GMT
Summer Wheatfield Chichester https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/summer-wheatfield-chichester Summer Wheatfield Chichester FinalSummer Wheatfield Chichester Final

This shot was taken a week ago on a beautiful hot summer’s day at a wheat field a few miles outside Chichester, West Sussex, UK. I was interested in the soft effect from the ends of the wheat contrasting with 3 stems which stood out.

The pictures were taken handheld with a Sony A700 camera with a Sigma 28 – 200mm zoom at 200mm.  One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation.

Photomatix

From the original picture 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion natural settings.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional detail using vibrant preset group and Crisp preset and a layer mask to apply only to the 3 stems of wheat.

Topaz adjust simplify was used with additional warmth and a vignette with a layer mask to exclude the 3 stems

Levels used to enhance the stems.

Vibrance was reduced on everything except the 3 stems

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 73 amount and 73 radius. To keep most of the picture soft this effect was restricted with a layer mask and brush to just the 3 stems.

The healing tool was used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original image

Summer Wheatfield Chichester OriginalSummer Wheatfield Chichester Original

Tonemapped image

Summer Wheatfield Chichester TonemappedSummer Wheatfield Chichester Tonemapped

Final Image

Summer Wheatfield Chichester FinalSummer Wheatfield Chichester Final

For licence see Summer Wheatfield Chichester

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Chichester England HDR Sussex UK West West Sussex agriculture bread cereal closeup color colour colours crop crops downs dslr dslra700 farming field gold golden grain light nature photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures plant rural scenic sony south downs summer summer time sun sunshine texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz village wheat wheat field wheatfield yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/summer-wheatfield-chichester Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:22:22 GMT
Cycling Cares Gorge Picos de Europa https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/cycling-cares-gorge-picos-de-europa Cycling Cares Gorge Picos de Europa FinalCycling Cares Gorge Picos de Europa Final

This is a scan of a slide taken about 20 years ago in the Picos de Europa mountains of Northern Spain. It was during a 2 week cycle club tour I had organised. At the time there was no ban on cycling along this path. Since then a strict ban has been imposed. I assume either because the path became much better known and busier or the Spanish decided it might be dangerous!

The scan was with the Nikon Coolscan 4 slide scanner

Photoshop

In Photoshop Topaz Adjust was used with the vibrant preset group and spicyfy preset to bring in more detail

Some areas, mainly highlights were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

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 28 amount and 28 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

The clone brush was used for tidy up including a small scratch on the slide.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original scan

Cycling Cares Gorge Picos de Europa OriginalCycling Cares Gorge Picos de Europa Original

Final Image

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For Licence see Cycling Cares Gorge Picos de Europa

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Chris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/chris-froome-tour-winner-time-trial Chris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial FinalChris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial final

This is another shot taken on Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2013. This was on the first individual Time Trial from Avranches to Mont St Michel. The location was at Courtils which was the 2nd Time Check about 8 miles from the finish.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-200 zoom at 28mm. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev  for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix using Fusion tonemapping and Natural preset with adjustments for a fairly natural look.

Photoshop

The Plus 2 EV image was brought in and used with a layer mask to bring more light into the Rider.

In Photoshop Topaz Adjust was used with Clarity preset with some adjustments

Saturation reds and magenta were used to bring down the pink in the banner to avoid distraction. A layer mask was used to apply adjustments only to the banner.

The front wheel was selected and a radial blur used to give the look of movement.

The same treatment was used on the rear wheel.

In Photoshop a pan blur was applied using Topaz lens effects. A layer mask was used to remove the blur from the Chris to make him stand out. This involved a lot of fine detail level brush work on the layer mask. To get accurate for the complex area behind bike and rider I used a number of selection areas using the pen tool to confine the brush to particular areas when bringing in the blur.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and standard sharpening with Unsharp mask.

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 33 amount and 33 radius.

The image was cropped for better composition and to make Chris fill the frame more.

Tidy up with healing and clone brushes.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Chris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial OriginalChris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial Original

Tonemapped image

Chris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial TonemappedChris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial Tonemapped

Final Image

Chris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial FinalChris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial final

For Licence see Chris Froome Tour Winner Time Trial

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 Avranches Britanny Chris Chris Froome Chris Froome Tour Winner Courtils France Froome Mont St Michel Photomatix Tour Tour Winner Tour de France a700 bicycle bike blur blur effect cycle cycling effect frome hdr le tour lens pan bur photoshop race radial blur road second check sigma sky sky pro cycling sony speed stage 11 tdf team team sky time time check time trial topaz yellow yellow jersey https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/chris-froome-tour-winner-time-trial Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:14:19 GMT
Bank Station Tomorrow Today https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/bank-station-tomorrow-today Bank Station Tomorrow Today FinalBank Station Tomorrow Today Final

This is one of the shots I took on my last day trip to London in June.

This is the Travelator at Bank Underground Station

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle at 11mm and ISO 800 for a faster shutter speed.

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Exposure Fusion natural setting with adjustments. 

Photoshop

First the minus 2 EV layer was copied in, excluded with a black layer mask and then a white brush used to reduce the highlight in the roof lights

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with dramatic 2 preset with adjustments. Some areas, mainly highlights were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

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 53 amount and 53 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

The healing brush content aware was used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Bank Station Tomorrow Today OriginalBank Station Tomorrow Today Original

Tonemapped image

Bank Station Tomorrow Today TonemappedBank Station Tomorrow Today Tonemapped

 Final Image

Bank Station Tomorrow Today FinalBank Station Tomorrow Today Final

For Licence see Bank Station Tomorrow Today

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground Photomatix adverts architecture bank bank station building buildings city color colour colours design dslr dslra700 england false hdr futuristic hdr lights lines london metallic metro monument perspective photo photography photos photoshop pic picture pictures shiny sony subway subways tomorrow topaz train travelator tube tube station uk underground underground station urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/bank-station-tomorrow-today Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT
Chris Froome Tour Excitement https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/chris-froome-tour-excitement Chris Froome Tour Excitement FinalChris Froome Tour Excitement Final

This shot was taken on Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2013. This was on the first individual Time Trial from Avranches to Mont St Michel. The location was at Courtils which was the 2nd Time Check about 8 miles from the finish.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-200 zoom at 200mm. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev  for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to using Tone Compressor tonemapping and Photographic preset with adjustments for a fairly natural look.

Photoshop

In Photoshop Topaz Adjust was used with Clarity preset with a layer mask to apply it only to Extra detail was brought in using Topaz adjust, Vibrant preset group, clarity preset. A layer mask was used to apply this effect only to Chris Froome to make him stand out.

The Crop Tool was used to straighten.

Levels were used to enhance with a layer mask to exclude the crowd.

Brightness was increased on the rider only using a layer mask.

Saturation reds was used to bring down crowd excluding Chris with a layer mask.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and standard sharpening with Unsharp mask.

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 55 amount and 55 radius. This effect was again applied only to the rider for a final extra boost.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Chris Froome Tour Excitement OriginalChris Froome Tour Excitement Original

Tonemapped image

Chris Froome Tour Excitement TonemappedChris Froome Tour Excitement Tonemapped

Final Image

Chris Froome Tour Excitement FinalChris Froome Tour Excitement Final

For Licence see Chris Froome Tour Excitement

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 Avranches Britanny Chris Chris Froome Courtils France Froome Mont St Michel Photomatix Tour Tour de France a700 bicycle bike cycle cycling effect frome hdr le tour lens photoshop race road second check sigma sky sky pro cycling sony speed stage 11 tdf team team sky time time check time trial topaz yellow yellow jersey https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/chris-froome-tour-excitement Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:54:35 GMT
Chris Froome Race to St Malo https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/chris-froome-race-to-st-malo Chris Froome Race to St Malo FinalChris Froome Race to St Malo Final

I have just returned from a week in France taking in some of the Tour de France stages in Brittany. This was  Stage 10 last Tuesday finishing in St Malo. The location was at Cancale about 15 miles from the finish.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-200 zoom at 60mm. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev  for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer, Painterly 5 preset with adjustments

Photoshop

Some distracting elements on the right were cloned out

Extra detail was brought in using Topaz adjust, Vibrant preset group, vibrant preset. A layer mask was used to apply this effect only to the 3 main cyclists.

A pan blur was applied using Topaz lens effects. A layer mask was used to remove the blur from Chris Froome in the yellow jersey and the 2 nearest competing cyclists to make them stand out. This involved a lot of fine detail level brush work on the layer mask. To get accurate for the complex area behind bike and rider I used a number of selection areas using the pen tool to confine the brush to particular areas when bringing in the blur.

The next step was to select just the wheels and add a radial spin blur in Photoshop to give an accurate movement look to the wheels.

Vibrance adjustment layer increased 12 points.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and standard sharpening with Unsharp mask.

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 39 amount and 39 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Chris Froome Race to St Malo  OriginalChris Froome Race to St Malo Original

Tonemapped image

Chris Froome Race to St Malo  TonemappedChris Froome Race to St Malo Tonemapped

Final Image

Chris Froome Race to St Malo  FinalChris Froome Race to St Malo Final

For Licence see Chris Froome Race to St Malo

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2013 Brittany Cancale Chris Chris Froome France Froome Photomatix Saxo St Malo Tour Tour de France a700 bicycle bike blur cycle cycling effect frome hdr le tour lens pan pan blur photoshop race radial blur road sigma sky sony speed stage 10 team team sky topaz yellow yellow jersey https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/7/chris-froome-race-to-st-malo Tue, 16 Jul 2013 06:08:55 GMT
Metropolis Reaching Skyward https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/metropolis-reaching-skyward Metropolis Reaching Skyward FinalMetropolis Reaching Skyward Final

This is a shot of the Lloyds Building in the City of London taken on a London day trip last Monday.  On the left is the Willis Building. I wanted to try out a shot looking up with long exposure for the clouds. Unfortunately the slowest speed I could get was 26 seconds with a 10 stop BW Neutral Density filter and the clouds lacked enough differentiation and were not moving fast enough for a good effect.

I lacked a Tripod capable of pointing the camera straight up so used a handy flat topped post to put the Camera on. I used a wireless shutter release.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. For more detail in the shadows I created a 4th exposure from the original RAW file at +4EV. The images were saved as tiffs.  

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Fusion Natural Preset.

Photoshop

The +4 EV image was copied in as a new layer and was then excluded with a black layer mask and a brush used to bring in more detail in the shadow areas.

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with Clarity preset with adjustments. Some areas were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

The image was enhanced with levels to brighten. The effect was excluded from the sky with a layer mask. To make it easier to confine the brush to the sky a selection was first made and saved for future use. The addition of a layer created a mask of the selection area.

A duplicate layer was used with dust and scratches filter applied, excluded with a layer mask and then applied with a brush to darker areas where there was excess noise.

Layers flattened before going on to 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 53 amount and 53 radius. This effect was excluded fro the sky by loading the previous sky selection and adding a layer mask

Tidy up with the healing brush and clone brush.

The ruler tool was used to straighten and crop.

B&W adjustment layer used to convert to mono

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Metropolis Reaching Skyward OriginalMetropolis Reaching Skyward Original

Tonemapped image

Metropolis Reaching Skyward TonemappedMetropolis Reaching Skyward Tonemapped

 Final Image

Metropolis Reaching Skyward FinalMetropolis Reaching Skyward Final

For Licence see Metropolis Reaching Skyward

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) lime street LE Lloyds Lloyds of London Photomatix a700 architecture black and white britain building capital city city of London cityscape clouds england frame gb geometry hdr lens light lights lime line london londres long exposure metal metallic metropolis modern mono perspective photoshop shine sigma sky skyscaper sony sony alpha square mile straight up street structure symmetry topaz uk up urban wide angle willis willis building https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/metropolis-reaching-skyward Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:15:00 GMT
Heals Golden Spiral https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/heals-golden-spiral Heals Golden Spiral FinalHeals Golden Spiral Final

This image was taken on my latest day trip to London last Monday. It is the beautiful spiral staircase at Heals Department Store, Tottenham Court Road and has been on my places to visit list for a while. I did have a Tripod with me but did not use it due to lack of space on the stairs and also the need to lean over the railings to get in the entire top circle.

Unlike some locations the Store is Photographer friendly. The only person to approach me told me I could find more information about the history of the Staircase at the Stores Website. The Stairs are part of an extension to the original 19th-century Heal's building completed in 1916 by architect Cecil Brewer and are known as the Brewer Staircase.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 lens at 10mm. ISO was set at 1000 to gain higher shutter speed. 3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. To get more detail under the stairs I used the +2 EV RAW file to increase exposure by 2EV to get a 4th exposure.

Photomatix

The 4 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer.

Photoshop

Topaz Adjust was used to bring in more detail using Vibrant Presets Group, Colour Blast Preset.

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

Vibrance reduced slightly by 4 points.

Brightness increased by 26 points with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

The original image had a number of the bulbs with the lights out. To get a full circle I used a number of selections of lights copied onto a blank canvas and then pasted into the image to replace the missing lights. To get the lights to line up I selected the layer with a light and then edit free transform to get a square surrounding the pasted light and used the corner arrows to line up the light. The move tool was used to get it into exactly the right location.

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 42 amount and 42 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing brush and clone tool were used to remove the distracting light fittings from the right of the picture.

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

Heals Golden Spiral OriginalHeals Golden Spiral Original

Tonemapped image

Heals Golden Spiral TonemappedHeals Golden Spiral Tonemapped

Final Image

Heals Golden Spiral FinalHeals Golden Spiral Final

For licences see Heals Golden Spiral

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 10mm London Tottenham court road Window angle architecture art arts banister beautiful building capital circle circular city colour crafts curve curves d700 deco department store dslra700 dynamic elegant end england europe exposure geometry golden grey handrail hdr heals high high dynamic range interior light lines london looking pattern perspective photo photograph photography photomatix range sigma sony spiral staircase stairs steps swirl tonemapped tonemapping topaz tottenham uk up urban wide windows wood yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/heals-golden-spiral Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:51:42 GMT
Train Arriving Angel Station https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/train-arriving-angel-station Train Arriving Angel Station FinalTrain Arriving Angel Station Final

This is a shot from a day trip to London last year. The shot is taken on the Angle Station of a branch of the Northern Line It is a quite a photogenic spot thanks to the especially wide platform.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. I used ISO 200 to gain a fairly low shutter speed of 1/5th second to get the movement in the train in the original.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs.  

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Fusion adjusted.

Photoshop

Topaz Adjust Vibrant preset group Dramatic 2 preset was used to bring in more detail.

Vibrance increased slightly 12 points

Hue Saturation Reds and yellows only saturation was increased a little.

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 22 amount and 22 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

Crop for better composition. Selection and then fill with black to remove the distracting Way Out sign

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Train Arriving Angel Station OriginalTrain Arriving Angel Station Original

Tonemapped image fusion method

Train Arriving Angel Station TonemappedTrain Arriving Angel Station Tonemapped

Final Image

Train Arriving Angel Station FinalTrain Arriving Angel Station Final

For licence see Train Arriving Angel Station

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground leading lines Photomatix a700 angel angel tube station angel underground station blurred city curves dslra700 england fast gb great Britain hdr line lines london metro metro station metropolitan railway northern line perspective photoshop platform railway red sony sony alpha700 speed station subway subway station tfl the the tube topaz track transport travel tube tunnel uk underground undergrounds station urban vanishing point https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/train-arriving-angel-station Sat, 22 Jun 2013 20:30:00 GMT
Downland Daisies Halnaker https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/downland-daisies-halnaker Downland Daisies Halnaker FinalDownland Daisies Halnaker Final

Last Tuesday evening I took a short walk with Bognor Regis Camera Club Members near Halnaker in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex coast, UK.

The walk was to Halnaker Mill which did not prove too photogenic as a great big fence had been put up round it so I concentrated on general landscape and the daisies which are so abundant at the moment.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 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 settings were used starting with a preset and then adjusting a lot.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional detail using vibrant preset group and Crisp preset. Using a layer mask the extra detail was applied only to the main daisy to bring this out more.

Levels used to enhance but only on the main daisy with a layer mask.

Vibrance increased a little 12 points/

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 49 amount and 49 radius. To keep most of the picture soft this effect was restricted with a layer mask and brush to just the main Daisy

The healing brush and clone tool was used to remove excessive vegetation on the right and also to remove 2 people on the right who were too distracting.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original  image

Downland Daisies Halnaker OriginalDownland Daisies Halnaker Original

Tonemapped Image

Downland Daisies Halnaker TonemappedDownland Daisies Halnaker Tonemapped

Final Image

Downland Daisies Halnaker FinalDownland Daisies Halnaker Final

For licence see Downland Daisies Halnaker

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Chichester England HDR Halnaker National Park South Downs South Downs National Park Sussex UK West West Sussex blur color colour colours daisies daisy downland downs dslr dslra700 flower flowers green greenery light nature photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures scenic sony spring springtime summer sun sunshine texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz village white white flowers yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/downland-daisies-halnaker Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:58:11 GMT
Fickr new look Debacle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/fickr-new-look-debacle Fickr new look Debacle (Updated 19 June) Originally Published 27th May

Flickr new look debacle photostreamFlickr Screenshot copy

A week ago today on 20th May Yahoo the owners of Flickr brought in a dramatic new look to the site. They also added to the help forum an Official Thread asking for feedback on the changes. They probably did not expect that after a week and at time of writing there would be 28,000 replies with at least 90% negative. Using a common commercial measure of 50 to 1 for the number of dissatisfied customers who actually complain the real number who are  unhappy is about 1.5 million. Bad news for Flickr.

Many users commented that in the future this update would be taught as a classic example of how not to bring in changes to a user based website.

There was no consultation that anybody noticed. There was no Beta Version for users to look at and check for bugs. Instead a massive number of changes were dumped on users without any prior warning. There were numerous bugs and problems which should have been checked beforehand. It is notable that Yahoo Mail had a similar major change a few years ago but they first brought out a Beta Version and there remains an option to revert to the classic version and a notice will occasionally pop up suggesting a reversion to classic if there are problems loading the page

The biggest problem users complain of is the imposition of the justified view with no option as existed before for the User to select thumbnail views for faster loading and quicker viewing. In justified view the pictures are crammed together with minimum space between them and there is a constant download of extra pictures. Many users with slower connections will see nothing at all save for the header and rotating dots designating uploading. Anybody with a capped monthly download limit who uses flickr a lot will soon find they exceed the limit and have to pay extra.

In many rural areas and parts of the world with slower download speeds the site will be unusable, fast track to corporate suicide?

 

                                                                           WORKAROUNDS

I have brought together a number of workarounds discussed on the Flickr feedback thread by various users with some of my own additional research. See the forum thread here http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633547442506/page284/ and the follow on forum thread which replaced it. http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633771838324

Note that both forum threads are now closed but should still be visible.

 

SETS

Go to sets, then click on one set. To view the old way first look at the web address. After the forward slash at the end type detail and refresh the browser to get the Set in the old way with white space and the details of views favs and comments on each image. Copy the address in the browser to share with friends and on websites and social media. See one of my sets  as an example http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/sets/72157627818529397/detail

Unfortunately this method does not work with the page for all of the sets. However the same method can be used when browsing other peoples sets, just  type in detail at the end of the browser address.

 

PHOTOSTREAM

The simplest way to view your own Photostream in the old Flickr way is to click edit in the menu on the bottom left of the header image which brings it up. For a link the extra text required after your username is ?details=1. An example for my Photostream is http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/?details=1 I would suggest that especially if you have a slow or capped connection rather than first going to the ultra slow justified Photostream Page and clicking edit you save the white space version as a favourite and go straight to it as your Flickr home page.

Depending on how you want viewers to see your Photostream when following a web link, there is another set of links which work whereby you can choose small, medium or large images bounded by white space.

After your Photostream address type in for example -   archives/date-posted/?view=md   The last two letters will be sm for small; and lg for large. See examples with my Photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/archives/date-posted/?view=sm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/archives/date-posted/?view=md

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/archives/date-posted/?view=lg

Usefully with these links the Photostream can be explored by year with links at the top as well as by page number which has the usual links at the bottom. Even better when hunting for a particular picture clicking on the year also brings up the months at the top and clicking on a month brings up the days of the month.

CONTACTS

There are no special links available to give a quick loading white space view of your contacts latest photos. However try going to flickriver.com or fluidr.com. Both have a limit of around 50 photos so would not suit if you have a lot of contacts. Both show a stream of photos with only one appearing on the screen at a time unlike the glut on Flickr. Fluidr has the advantage that details are shown beside each image and if you link to your Flickr account you can make comments on contacts pictures within fluidr. On flickriver there are no details and you need to click on the image which opens the flickr photo page in a new tab in order to comment. UPDATE - thanks to Nancy Ellis - it is possible to see most of the metadata and to leave a comment while browsing on Flickriver. Hover your cursor over the photo and you'll see 4 icons appear for: info, see larger, comment, and fave.  Flickriver does have the advantage that if you want a white background click the white black icon next to tools in the top right.

I have not discovered a similar workaround for fluidr. (UPDATE As at 19th June the option of a white background is due out with their next update) See the following examples for my contacts on each site

http://www.fluidr.com/photos/edwinjones/friends

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/edwinjones/friends/?onwhite=1

Note that on these websites the use of the word friends in the web address means all contacts not contacts marked as friends.

SEARCH

This remains a big problem. There are no known workarounds. There is no way to quickly look through results such as in the old system of glancing down a page at thumbnails and then clicking to another page. UPDATE better to use hivemind.net see below-

I have been doing some research into www.flickrhivemind.net which seems to solve many of the problems of slow loading and data use with flickr when searching for flickr pictures and looking at your favorites.

At the site the default background is black but using preferences “the link in red” you can choose backgrounds of black, dark grey or white. You can choose the number of photo results to be shown with 9 choices from 1 to 500. You can choose the size of the photos to be displayed. There are 5 choices of photo sizes to be displayed from 75px to 1024px. These preferences are saved for future visits if you login to flickr on the site and link to flickr

I did a test with a search choosing 50 photos per page at a size of 250 pixels. I checked data use against my local area connection showing amounts downloaded. On flickr I did the same search but stopped scrolling down at 50 pictures. The result was 1mb for Hivemind  and  8mb for flickr. A clear illustration of what is wrong.

The same can be done for your Photostream and Favorites.

It is notable that Hivemind seems to be run by one person on a voluntary basis, no ads!

 

                                                           TIPS ON USING THE NEW FLICKR LOOK

Header

You now have a new header image which appears on your Photostream and Photo Pages. This starts as a default flickr one. To change the header to your own image hover the mouse above your joining year and click “edit cover photo”.  You have a choice from the last 200 uploaded. Only a part of the image will show so drag up or down for the best look.  Do you want to use an older image? Re-upload the image. Choose the image for the header and then delete. The header will remain.

Finding Stuff

The new system is somewhat opaque in navigation. A lot can be found by clicking the row of 3 dots on the bottom right of the Header.

In the Photostream clicking the dots will bring up the following –

Map, Galleries, Collections. Achives, Tags, Photos of. Profile, Popular, Recent Activity. Stats, Organize

On an individual Photo Page clicking the dots will bring up the following –

Rotate, Edit Photo in Aviary, Edit Title, Tags and Dates, Replace this photo, Delete this Photo, Add to a Set, Add to a Group, Add a tag, Add a note, Add a person, Edit location on your map, View all sizes, View slideshow, View Exif info.

Edwin Jones

LATEST UPDATE

Some more info is available about User Styles which work  to change the background on the Flickr photo page, your own or that of anybody else’s you view. There are options to change the photo page black background to white, light grey or dark grey. These links are from a Help Forum post from http://www.flickr.com/photos/corneliuscrab/

"Dark grey:
userstyles.org/styles/88054/greyr-for-flickr

White:
userstyles.org/styles/88053/whitr-for-flickr

Edit: added a light grey in case anyone wants it
userstyles.org/styles/88211/lightrgrey-for-flickr

and here's an even whiter one from Kediwah - Whitr++:
userstyles.org/styles/88179/whitr-for-flickr  "

First if you do not have Stylish go to http://userstyles.org/ and install Sylish as an add-on for either Firefox or Chrome, It is then easy to go to the link and click "Install with Stylish". I downloaded all of them and using the Add On controls played around with enabling or disabling styles to see which look was best. The changes take effect immediately.

Edwin Jones

 

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Photostream background bandwidth classic look contacts flickr flickr change flickr changes flickr new look flickr photo page flickr workarounds flickriver fluidr justified loading look new look pictures search sets slow upgrade web white white background workarounds yahoo https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/fickr-new-look-debacle Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:12:00 GMT
Bognor Beach Gale Force https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/bognor-beach-gale-force Bognor Beach Gale Force finalBognor Beach Gale Force Final

I have had a BW 10 stop Neutral Density filter for 8 months but have previously used it only at Sunset. This was my first try with it in daylight.

Last Saturday my Club, Bognor Regis Camera Club had a practical workshop on Bognor Regis Beach, West Sussex, UK. The only problem with the weather was a 40 mph gale force SW wind straight off the Atlantic and English Channel. This though provided some clouds scudding across the sky at a fair speed. A shutter speed of 25 seconds was able to create a good sky effect. To get the shutter speed I used ISO 100 and f22

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm. I created a false HDR from the original RAW file with Plus and Minus 2EV images created.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with detail 1preset applied with a brush on a layer only to the shingle and rope in the foreground to add more detail there.

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

Brightness adjustment layer used with a layer mask to brighten only the lettering on the boat to bring this up.

Saturation blues used to bring down blues in the sky for a more natural look.

Layers flattened before going on to noise reduction with Noiseware Pro Plugin and a little sharpening.

One of the points taught in the workshop was to use a low aperture number to get a narrow depth of field to focus attention on the boat not the pier. With a 10mm lens and f22 for a low shutter speed this was not possible with this image. I got round this by applying Gaussian Blur on a duplicate layer with a layer mask. This effect was then applied with a brush only to the pier and the more distant boat and shingle

The CS5 content aware healing brush was used to remove sensor dust marks.

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

Bognor Beach Gale Force OriginalBognor Beach Gale Force Original

Tonemapped image

Bognor Beach Gale Force TonemappedBognor Beach Gale Force Tonemapped

Final Image

Bognor Beach Gale Force FinalBognor Beach Gale Force Final

For licences see Bognor Beach Gale Force

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bognor Regis England HDR LE Sony beach blue boat bognor bw cloud clouds cloudscape coast color colour dslr dslra700 false hdr filter fishing boat gale hdr high dynamic range landscape light long exposure movement neutral density ocean photomatix photoshop pic pier prom seascape shingle sigma wide angle sky stones sun sussex tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk water waves west sussex wide angle wind https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/bognor-beach-gale-force Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:45:04 GMT
Train Arriving Shepherds Bush https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/train-arriving-shepherds-bush Train Arriving Shepherds Bush  FinalTrain Arriving Shepherds Bush Final

This is one of the shots I took here last November. I posted a shot then with 2 trains arriving at once. I thought it worth processing this one because it is such a great location and the woman in red looking at her smartphone was such a photographic gift!

This is Shepherds Bush, one of the few underground stations in London where trains travelling in opposite directions can be caught from the same platform which makes for a great photo with a wide angle lens. I think the only other stations are 2 on the Northern Line at Clapham. At this station the only place to see both platforms is at the far end furthest from the stairs. The rest of the platform has a central barrier.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens at f8.

A standard HDR does not work too well due to the train movement between images and different colours and patterns on the trains in each image. I used the last of the 3 exposures and used the RAW file to create 2 additional exposures.

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Exposure Fusion natural setting with adjustments.  

Photoshop

First the plus 2 EV layer was copied in, excluded with a black layer mask and then a white brush used to bring up the woman in red.

Next the 0EV layer was brought in and applied with a brush to tone down highlight areas.

The straighten tool was used to to correct the slight angle in the original. An additional crop was also applied

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with crisp preset with adjustments. Some areas, mainly highlights were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

Brightness was reduced using the brightness/contrast adjustment layer and using a layer mask to reduce brightness only in the roof to bring attention more on the trains.

Vibrance adjustment layer was increased by 20 points.

Hue saturation adjustment layer was used to increase red saturation a little.

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 45 amount and 45 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

The clone brush was used for tidy up and especially to remove the large blown out highlight from the lights in the roof.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Train Arriving Shepherds Bush  OriginalTrain Arriving Shepherds Bush original

Tonemapped image

Train Arriving Shepherds Bush TonemappedTrain Arriving Shepherds Bush Tonemapped

Final Image

Train Arriving Shepherds Bush  finalTrain Arriving Shepherds Bush Final

For Licence see Train Arriving Shepherds Bush

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) tube train London underground Photomatix Shepherds Bush architecture art blue building buildings central central line central perspective city color colour colours design dslr dslra700 england fisheye hdr lights lines london metallic metro perspective photo photography photos photoshop pic picture pictures red shiny sony station subway subways texture topaz train tube uk underground underground station urban https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/train-arriving-shepherds-bush Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:20:27 GMT
Tube Mice to Infinity https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/tube-mice-to-infinity Tube Mice to Infinity  FinalTube Mice to Infinity Final

<b>The Shot</b>

This is the DLR, Docklands Light Railway, platform at Bank Underground Station, London. The station is named after the Bank of England above ground but could not be more different. There is an especially clean, vibrant and futuristic look to the platform.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang fisheye lens at 8mm and f5.6. I took 3 pictures for HDR. However in the end used just the middle image to create the additional images as the difference in the movement of the train in the 3 images was too great.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

More detail was brought in with Topaz adjust with HDR presets group with Detail preset with adjustments. I decided to apply this effect only to the Platform by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

The image was improved with an adjustment layer of Levels with a layer mask to exclude highlights.

Vibrance was increased by 28 points

Layers flattened before going on to 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 40 amount and 40 radius. A layer mask was used to remove this effect from the highlights.

Tidy up with the clone and healing brushes.

Note –For the upload image for flickr I created a grey border round the image to provide a better presentation than the new flickr deep black. To do this in Photoshop after finishing and resizing the image go to image – image canvas. Change cm to px from the dropdown. The figures to enter here are the size of the border. For this image I entered 100 px for width and height. Experiment for the best look. For the border colour against Canvas Extension Colour choose from the basis list in the dropdown or click the box to the right to choose a custom colour. I would suggest grey or white. Your picture will now have more space around it in the Photo Page and stand out more if it appears in search.

Note that the example image below includes the additional outer grey border which I have as the default for this Blog,

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Tube Mice to Infinity OriginalTube Mice to Infinity Original

Tonemapped image

Tube Mice to Infinity tonemappedTube Mice to Infinity Tonemapped

Final Image

Tube Mice to Infinity FinalTube Mice to Infinity Final

Final image with Flickr border.

Tube Mice to Infinity  for flickrTube Mice to Infinity Flickr

For Licence see Tube Mice to Infinity

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) wide angle London underground a700 architecture art bank bank station blur blur effect building capital city color colour dlr docklands light railway england fish eye fisheye futuristic geometry hdr lens lines london metallic metro movement perspective photography photoshop platform pov red reflections samyang shine sony sony alpha speed station subway topaz train tube uk underground urban vanishing point https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/tube-mice-to-infinity Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:12:45 GMT
Water Ski Slalom Chichester https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/water-ski-slalom-chichester Water Ski Slalom Chichester FinalWater Ski Slalom Chichester Final

This is a scan of a slide I took in 1993. It goes back to my early days of Photography and Sports Photography. I had approached a Water Ski Club at old gravel pit lakes near Chichester West Sussex, UK. I just asked to go in a tow boat to take pictures in return for prints, they said yes and I returned several times for great picture opportunities like this.

The picture at that time would have been taken with a Minolta Camera and Zoom Lens, probably set at 200mm for this image.

Adjustments were made in Topaz and Photoshop.

The Scanner is the Nikon Coolscan 5

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with crisp preset to increase detail.

Adjustment made to levels.

Contrast increased a little.

Vibrance reduced slightly.

Saturation Green reduced 100% to remove a green cast especially on the water.

Dust and scratches applied.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening and noise reduction.

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 37 amount and 37 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some areas

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original scan and then the final result.

Original

Water Ski Slalom Chichester OriginalWater Ski Slalom Chichester Original

Final Image

Water Ski Slalom Chichester FinalWater Ski Slalom Chichester Final

For licences see Water Ski Slalom Chichester

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Chichester Chichester Water-Ski Club England Hunston Minolta action andrenaline black board boat buoy fast film gravel pits handle lake leisure lens long lens ski skiable skiing slalom speed sport sports spray sussex swerve tow boat tow rope turn uk water water-skier waterski waterskier waterskiing west sussex wet wetsuit yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/water-ski-slalom-chichester Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:26:11 GMT
Tunnel to the Future Kings Cross https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/tunnel-to-the-future-kings-cross 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.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

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

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

Tunnel to the Future Kings Cross OriginalTunnel to the Future Kings Cross Original

Tonemapped image

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

Final Image

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

For licences see Tunnel to the Future Kings Cross

Edwin Jones

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground Photomatix balance ceiling color colour commuters concrete curve dslra700 england frame future futuristic hdr kings cross lights line london metro photoshop picture railway sci fi science fiction selective shape sigma sony st pancras structure terminal tiles tonemapped topaz tube tunnel uk underground urban wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/6/tunnel-to-the-future-kings-cross Sat, 01 Jun 2013 19:19:56 GMT
Black Sheep of the Tulips https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/black-sheep-of-the-tulips Black Sheep of the Tulips FinalBlack Sheep of the Tulips Final

This is another shot taken in the famous Keukenhof Gardens of Holland, the largest in Europe. I spotted this and noticed the black tulips were standing quite a bit taller than the others giving a good opportunity to make them stand out. The shot was taken at f6.3 for a narrower depth of field.

This shot was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom. 3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing for HDR. However there was too much movement between the images so I created 2 extra images from the original RAW OEV file for the over and under files

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer setting with adjustments made manually to a preset to get the right look..

Photoshop

The just released Topaz Clarity Plugin was used to bring in a more detail. A layer mask was used to apply the effect only to the area of the main Tulip on the right to bring this out from the background. This was in addition to the use of an f6.3 aperture for a narrow depth of field when taking the picture.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 38 points.

A little brightening was applied.

The image was cropped to bring the main Tulip closer and on a third

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 40 amount and 40 radius. A layer mask was again used to apply the effect only to the main Tulip

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

Black Sheep of the Tulips MediumBlack Sheep of the Tulips Original

Tonemapped image

Black Sheep of the Tulips TonemappedBlack Sheep of the Tulips Tonemapped

Final Image

Black Sheep of the Tulips FinalBlack Sheep of the Tulips Final

For licence see Black Sheep of the Tulips

Edwin Jones

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Amsterdam Holland Keukenhof Keukenhof gardens Nederland Netherlands Photomatix a700 black blast blossom blue bulbs color colour colours dslr dslra550 dutch dutch flowers flower flowers garden gardens green greenery hdr hedge leiden light lisse nature north Holland photo photography photos photoshop pic picture pictures purple scenic sony spring springtime sun sunshine topaz tulip tulip season tulips tulpen vibrance vibrant white https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/black-sheep-of-the-tulips Thu, 30 May 2013 12:12:39 GMT
Flickr New Look Debacle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/flickr-new-look-debacle Fickr new look Debacle (Updated 19 June) Originally Published 27th May

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A week ago today on 20th May Yahoo the owners of Flickr brought in a dramatic new look to the site. They also added to the help forum an Official Thread asking for feedback on the changes. They probably did not expect that after a week and at time of writing there would be 28,000 replies with at least 90% negative. Using a common commercial measure of 50 to 1 for the number of dissatisfied customers who actually complain the real number who are  unhappy is about 1.5 million. Bad news for Flickr.

Many users commented that in the future this update would be taught as a classic example of how not to bring in changes to a user based website.

There was no consultation that anybody noticed. There was no Beta Version for users to look at and check for bugs. Instead a massive number of changes were dumped on users without any prior warning. There were numerous bugs and problems which should have been checked beforehand. It is notable that Yahoo Mail had a similar major change a few years ago but they first brought out a Beta Version and there remains an option to revert to the classic version and a notice will occasionally pop up suggesting a reversion to classic if there are problems loading the page

The biggest problem users complain of is the imposition of the justified view with no option as existed before for the User to select thumbnail views for faster loading and quicker viewing. In justified view the pictures are crammed together with minimum space between them and there is a constant download of extra pictures. Many users with slower connections will see nothing at all save for the header and rotating dots designating uploading. Anybody with a capped monthly download limit who uses flickr a lot will soon find they exceed the limit and have to pay extra.

In many rural areas and parts of the world with slower download speeds the site will be unusable, fast track to corporate suicide?

 

                                                                           WORKAROUNDS

I have brought together a number of workarounds discussed on the Flickr feedback thread by various users with some of my own additional research. See the forum thread here http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633547442506/page284/ and the follow on forum thread which replaced it. http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633771838324

Note that both forum threads are now closed but should still be visible.

 

SETS

Go to sets, then click on one set. To view the old way first look at the web address. After the forward slash at the end type detail and refresh the browser to get the Set in the old way with white space and the details of views favs and comments on each image. Copy the address in the browser to share with friends and on websites and social media. See one of my sets  as an example http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/sets/72157627818529397/detail

Unfortunately this method does not work with the page for all of the sets. However the same method can be used when browsing other peoples sets, just  type in detail at the end of the browser address.

 

PHOTOSTREAM

The simplest way to view your own Photostream in the old Flickr way is to click edit in the menu on the bottom left of the header image which brings it up. For a link the extra text required after your username is ?details=1. An example for my Photostream is http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/?details=1 I would suggest that especially if you have a slow or capped connection rather than first going to the ultra slow justified Photostream Page and clicking edit you save the white space version as a favourite and go straight to it as your Flickr home page.

Depending on how you want viewers to see your Photostream when following a web link, there is another set of links which work whereby you can choose small, medium or large images bounded by white space.

After your Photostream address type in for example -   archives/date-posted/?view=md   The last two letters will be sm for small; and lg for large. See examples with my Photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/archives/date-posted/?view=sm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/archives/date-posted/?view=md

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/archives/date-posted/?view=lg

Usefully with these links the Photostream can be explored by year with links at the top as well as by page number which has the usual links at the bottom. Even better when hunting for a particular picture clicking on the year also brings up the months at the top and clicking on a month brings up the days of the month.

CONTACTS

There are no special links available to give a quick loading white space view of your contacts latest photos. However try going to flickriver.com or fluidr.com. Both have a limit of around 50 photos so would not suit if you have a lot of contacts. Both show a stream of photos with only one appearing on the screen at a time unlike the glut on Flickr. Fluidr has the advantage that details are shown beside each image and if you link to your Flickr account you can make comments on contacts pictures within fluidr. On flickriver there are no details and you need to click on the image which opens the flickr photo page in a new tab in order to comment. UPDATE - thanks to Nancy Ellis - it is possible to see most of the metadata and to leave a comment while browsing on Flickriver. Hover your cursor over the photo and you'll see 4 icons appear for: info, see larger, comment, and fave.  Flickriver does have the advantage that if you want a white background click the white black icon next to tools in the top right.

I have not discovered a similar workaround for fluidr. (UPDATE As at 19th June the option of a white background is due out with their next update) See the following examples for my contacts on each site

http://www.fluidr.com/photos/edwinjones/friends

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/edwinjones/friends/?onwhite=1

Note that on these websites the use of the word friends in the web address means all contacts not contacts marked as friends.

SEARCH

This remains a big problem. There are no known workarounds. There is no way to quickly look through results such as in the old system of glancing down a page at thumbnails and then clicking to another page. UPDATE better to use hivemind.net see below-

I have been doing some research into www.flickrhivemind.net which seems to solve many of the problems of slow loading and data use with flickr when searching for flickr pictures and looking at your favorites.

At the site the default background is black but using preferences “the link in red” you can choose backgrounds of black, dark grey or white. You can choose the number of photo results to be shown with 9 choices from 1 to 500. You can choose the size of the photos to be displayed. There are 5 choices of photo sizes to be displayed from 75px to 1024px. These preferences are saved for future visits if you login to flickr on the site and link to flickr

I did a test with a search choosing 50 photos per page at a size of 250 pixels. I checked data use against my local area connection showing amounts downloaded. On flickr I did the same search but stopped scrolling down at 50 pictures. The result was 1mb for Hivemind  and  8mb for flickr. A clear illustration of what is wrong.

The same can be done for your Photostream and Favorites.

It is notable that Hivemind seems to be run by one person on a voluntary basis, no ads!

 

                                                           TIPS ON USING THE NEW FLICKR LOOK

Header

You now have a new header image which appears on your Photostream and Photo Pages. This starts as a default flickr one. To change the header to your own image hover the mouse above your joining year and click “edit cover photo”.  You have a choice from the last 200 uploaded. Only a part of the image will show so drag up or down for the best look.  Do you want to use an older image? Re-upload the image. Choose the image for the header and then delete. The header will remain.

Finding Stuff

The new system is somewhat opaque in navigation. A lot can be found by clicking the row of 3 dots on the bottom right of the Header.

In the Photostream clicking the dots will bring up the following –

Map, Galleries, Collections. Achives, Tags, Photos of. Profile, Popular, Recent Activity. Stats, Organize

On an individual Photo Page clicking the dots will bring up the following –

Rotate, Edit Photo in Aviary, Edit Title, Tags and Dates, Replace this photo, Delete this Photo, Add to a Set, Add to a Group, Add a tag, Add a note, Add a person, Edit location on your map, View all sizes, View slideshow, View Exif info.

Edwin Jones

LATEST UPDATE

Some more info is available about User Styles which work  to change the background on the Flickr photo page, your own or that of anybody else’s you view. There are options to change the photo page black background to white, light grey or dark grey. These links are from a Help Forum post from http://www.flickr.com/photos/corneliuscrab/

"Dark grey:
userstyles.org/styles/88054/greyr-for-flickr

White:
userstyles.org/styles/88053/whitr-for-flickr

Edit: added a light grey in case anyone wants it
userstyles.org/styles/88211/lightrgrey-for-flickr

and here's an even whiter one from Kediwah - Whitr++:
userstyles.org/styles/88179/whitr-for-flickr  "

First if you do not have Stylish go to http://userstyles.org/ and install Sylish as an add-on for either Firefox or Chrome, It is then easy to go to the link and click "Install with Stylish". I downloaded all of them and using the Add On controls played around with enabling or disabling styles to see which look was best. The changes take effect immediately.

Edwin Jones

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Photostream background bandwidth change classic look contacts flickr flickr changes flickr new look flickr photo page flickr workarounds flickriver fluidr justified loading look new look pictures search sets slow upgrade web white white background workarounds yahoo https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/flickr-new-look-debacle Mon, 27 May 2013 10:17:00 GMT
Bank Station Departure Speed https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/bank-station-departure-speed Bank Station Departure Speed FinalBank Station Departure Speed Final

This is a shot I took on the Docklands Light Railway as the train was leaving Bank Underground Station, London and looking out of the back window. The railway is automatic, no driver except a supervisor who sits in one of the front passenger seats. This gives a great opportunity as there are passenger seats at the front and back of the train.

I used a shutter speed of 1/10 second for the movement

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld in RAW. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at =2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied. A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with the stylised presets group with the smooth preset.

Another layer was used for Topaz Adjust to add detail to only the tracks using a layer mask.

Vibrance increased 20 points

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 30 amount and 30 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The crop tool was used so lines came from corners and most of the train windscreen wipers were removed. The rest were removed with the clone tool

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

Bank Station Departure Speed OriginalBank Station Departure Speed Original

Tonemapped image

Bank Station Departure Speed TonemappedBank Station Departure Speed Tonemapped

Final Image

Bank Station Departure Speed FinalBank Station Departure Speed Final

For licences see Bank Station Departure Speed

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bank Bank Station action blue blur britain capital cities color colour colours concrete dlr docklands light railway dslra700 england glass green hdr high dynamic range lights london londres metro motion movement perspective photo photography photomatix photos pic picture pictures rail shutter speed sigma sony speed station structure tonemapped tracks train transport transportation tube tunnel uk underground urban wide angle yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/bank-station-departure-speed Thu, 23 May 2013 16:19:12 GMT
Woodland Bluebell Angmering https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/woodland-bluebell-angmering Woodland Bluebell Angmering FinalWoodland Bluebell Angmering Final

Normally Bluebells are at peak in late April. This year it is mid May. Sussex in the south of England has some of the best displays of wild bluebells in the UK. This location is one of the best there is on the South Downs near Angmering at Angmering Park Woods a little east of Patching. In the middle of the woods there is a carpet of Bluebells as far as the eye can see.

With bluebells I like to get in close and focus on one. This shot is of the wild original English variety with a bell shape and the flowers on one side of the stem unlike the invading Spanish variety which grow upright with flowers on both sides.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom.  Setting were f5.6 and 80mm for reduced depth of field. I used the A550 for its folding screen to make it easier to get a low down image. One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation.

Photomatix

From the original  picture 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix using the fusion adjusted preset.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional detail using Topaz Stylised preset.

Levels used to enhance.

Contrast increased a little.

Vibrance increased 35 points

Saturation greens reduced  by 59 points to avoid an overdone look.

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 31 amount and 31 radius. This effect was limited with a mask to the main Bluebell to keep a soft look in the rest of the picture.

A crop was used to remove highlights from the top of the picture

The clone and burn tools were used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original image

Woodland Bluebell Angmering OriginalWoodland Bluebell Angmering Original

Tonemapped image

Woodland Bluebell Angmering TonemappedWoodland Bluebell Angmering Tonemapped

Final Image

Woodland Bluebell Angmering FinalWoodland Bluebell Angmering Final

For licence see Woodland Bluebell Angmering

Edwin Jones

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) angle angmering angmering park beech beech woods blue blue flowers bluebell bluebell flowers bluebell woods bluebells color downs dslr dslr 550 england flower flowers green greenery hdr high dynamic range light nature patching photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures scenic soft sony south downs spring spring flowers sussex texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz west sussex wide wild woodland woods worthing https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/woodland-bluebell-angmering Sun, 19 May 2013 20:56:14 GMT
Tulip Gardens Holland HDR https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/tulip-gardens-holland-hdr Tulip Gardens Holland HDR FinalTulip Gardens Holland HDR Final

I have just completed a cycling and Photography tour of the Tulip growing region of Holland just south of Amsterdam. This year due to the very cold and late start to spring the Tulip flowering was delayed by 2 weeks to I delayed the original planned dates and got there for peak flowering time. This picture was taken in the famous Keukenhof Gardens the largest in Europe.

This shot was taken handheld with the Sony A700 zoomed in to 70mm to compress the depth of field more. 3 raw images were taken at 2EV spacing for HDR.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer fusion natural setting.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in a more detail. A layer mask was used to apply the effect only to the area of the main Tulip on the left to bring this out from the background. This was in addition to the use of an f5.6  aperture for a narrow depth of field when taking the picture.

A levels adjustment layer tool was to enhance.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 38 points.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

The Blur filter was used on a new layer with a layer mask to blur the Tulip on the right to concentrate attention on the main Tulip on the left.

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 again used to apply the effect only to the main Tulip

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

Tulip Gardens Holland HDR OriginalTulip Gardens Holland HDR Original

Tonemapped image

Tulip Gardens Holland HDR TonemappedTulip Gardens Holland HDR Tonemapped

Final Image

Tulip Gardens Holland HDR FinalTulip Gardens Holland HDR Final

For licence see Tulip Gardens Holland HDR

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Amsterdam Holland Keukenhof Keukenhof gardens Nederland Netherlands Photomatix a700 blast bulbs color colour colours dslr dslra550 dutch dutch flowers flower flowers garden gardens greenery hdr leiden light lisse nature north Holland orange photo photography photos photoshop pic picture pictures red scenic sony spring springtime sun sunshine topaz tulip tulip season tulips tulpen vibrance vibrant yellow yellow flowers https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/tulip-gardens-holland-hdr Fri, 17 May 2013 06:54:28 GMT
Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/dutch-tulips-rainbow-lines Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines FinalDutch Tulips Rainbow Lines Final

I have just completed a cycling and Photography tour of the Tulip growing region of Holland just south of Amsterdam. This year due to the very cold and late start to spring the Tulip flowering was delayed by 2 weeks to I delayed the original planned dates and got there for peak flowering time. This picture was taken from the famous Keukenhof Gardens at a viewpoint overlooking a farmer’s field

I had two SLR cameras with me on the bicycle. I used a Sony A550 for low down flower shots using its adjustable screen. The Sony A700 was used for HDR auto bracketing. This shot was taken handheld with the A550 zoomed in to 60mm to compress the lines of flowers a little. The farm worker moving among the tulips was a stroke of luck though I did wait for him to move to the right position.

Photoshop

The colours in the original shot were very intense so little processing was needed

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 44 amount and 44 radius. This has the effect of increasing contrast which was the only process used to increase saturation a little

The crop tool was used to remove an uninteresting area at the top

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original image

Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines OriginalDutch Tulips Rainbow Lines Original

Final Image

Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines FinalDutch Tulips Rainbow Lines Final

For licence see Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Keukenhof gardens tulip field yellow flowers Amsterdam Holland Keukenhof Nederland Netherlands agriculture bloemenhoudenvanmensen bulb fields bulbs carpetrugtapijt color colour colour blast colours dslr dslra550 dutch dutch flowers field flower flowers garden gardens green greenery leiden light lisse nature north Holland orange photo photography photos photoshop pic picture pictures pink purple rainbow red regenboog scenic sony spring springtime stripes sun sunshine tulip tulip season tulips tulpen tulpenzoverhetoogreikt vibrance vibrant white yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/dutch-tulips-rainbow-lines Tue, 14 May 2013 06:34:16 GMT
A Day in Spring 30th April https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/a-day-in-spring-30th-april A Day in Spring 30th April FinalA Day in Spring 30th April Final

Last Tuesday was a warm sunny spring day so I took a bike ride in my local area ending up at the small villages of Singleton and West Dean in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex coast, UK.

I had the SLR camera with me and the objective was to take pictures of flowers in the one day to go into a composite. Taking Tulip and daffodil pictures outside in one day would not normally be possible so this photo is curtsey of the cold start to spring.

The tulips were taken at the entrance to West Dean gardens and the Daffodils and Blossom back at Bognor Regis

The pictures were taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Sony 15-56 zoom.   For the Tulips one RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation. The Daffodils and Blossom just had a little RAW editing.

Photomatix

From the original Tulips picture 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional detail using vibrant preset group and Crisp preset

The daffodils picture was intentionally taken out of focus with a view to going into the background of this picture. The image was pasted into the Tulips picture as a new layer at 100% opacity and then a layer mask used to restrict it to the top of the image. Blending at the edges was done with varying brush opacity.

The blossom picture was pasted in as another new layer at 65% opacity and a layer mask and brush used to restrict it to the left of the image

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. To keep most of the picture soft this effect was restricted with a layer mask and brush to just the main tulip

The clone tool was used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the tonemapped Tulips image. Then the out of focus Daffodils picture, then the Blossom picture and then the final result.

Tulips image

A Day in Spring 30th April TulipsA Day in Spring 30th April Tulips Tonemapped

Daffodils image

A Day in Spring 30th April DaffodilsA Day in Spring 30th April Daffodils

Blossom image

A Day in Spring 30th April BlossomA Day in Spring 30th April Blossom

Final Image

A Day in Spring 30th April FinalA Day in Spring 30th April Final

For licence see A Day in Spring 30th April

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bognor Regis England HDR Singleton Sussex UK West West Dean West Sussex blossom blur collage color colour colours composite daffodils downs dslr dslra550 flower flowers greenery light nature photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures red scenic sony south downs spring springtime sun sunshine texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz tree tulips village yellow yellow flowers https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/5/a-day-in-spring-30th-april Thu, 02 May 2013 20:10:17 GMT
Greenwich College Symmetry https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/greenwich-college-symmetry Greenwich College Symmetry FinalGreenwich College Symmetry Final

This is another shot from my recent visit to Greenwich in London, UK. This is the Old Royal Naval College. This and the other parts of Greenwich including the Observatory are part of the Greenwich World Heritage site. I aimed in the picture to get a low point of view and central symmetry. The fisheye lens did I feel add to the image.

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 detail enhancer.

Photoshop

First an adjustment layer was used to increase brightness with a layer mask used to exclude the over bright columns on the right from the adjustment.

The 0EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush was used to build up detail in highlight areas especially on the right.  The original image was also partly brought back in with 50% opacity over the sky to avoid an overdone HDR look there.

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with the Detail Strong preset to bring in more detail. The effect was applied on a layer with a layer mask which I 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 39 amount and 39 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing brush and clone tool were used to remove the edge of a man on the right and a shadow on the near paving.

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

Greenwich College Symmetry OriginalGreenwich College Symmetry Original

Tonemapped image

Greenwich College Symmetry TonemappedGreenwich College Symmetry Tonemapped

Final Image

Greenwich College Symmetry FinalGreenwich College Symmetry Final

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Greenwich Sony Thames architecture art awesome blue building clouds color colour columns design dslr dslra700 elegant engineering england fisheye geometry grass green greenwich hdr heritage high dynamic range iconic image landmark light london maritime naval old old royal navel college park patterns paving perspective photography photomatix pic royal royal naval samyang sky symmetry tonemapped tonemapping topaz tourism travel uk white https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/greenwich-college-symmetry Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:04:40 GMT
Slindon Village Daffodils https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/slindon-village-daffodils Slindon Village Daffodils FinalSlindon Village Daffodils Final

Last Saturday was sunny and warm, not a tunnels day so I took a bike ride round my local area ending up at the small village of Slindon near the South Downs, West Sussex coast, UK.

I wanted to take Daffodil pictures but find them a difficult subject especially in getting one flower to stand out from the bunch and to do something different. I went for a view looking up and into the light with the branches of a tree in the background. I added to this some quite heavy HDR processing.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Sony 15-56 zoom at 45mm.   One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation. Each image was noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix Fusion and Painterly 5 preset.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional effect.The HDR sketch preset was used to remove detail from the tree branches.

Another picture was opened, the same Topaz effect applied and then a selection of 2 daffodils was pasted in on the right of the picture to improve the overall balance and compostion.

Levels used to enhance.

Saturation yellows increased by 91 points to bring up the yellows in the flowers which was washed out by shooting into the light.

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.

The clone tool was used for tidy up and to remove flare from the top left

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

Slindon Village Daffodils OriginalSlindon Village Daffodils Original

Tonemapped image

Slindon Village Daffodils TonemappedSlindon Village Daffodils Tonemapped

Final Image

Slindon Village Daffodils FinalSlindon Village Daffodils Final

For licence see Slindon Village Daffodils

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) England HDR Slindon Sussex West West Sussex blue sky blur branches color colour colours contra jour daffodils downs dslr dslra550 flower flowers greenery high light nature photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures scenic sony south downs spring sun sunshine texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz tree village yellow yellow flowers https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/slindon-village-daffodils Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:02:02 GMT
Bank Underground Station HDR London https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/bank-underground-station-hdr-london Bank Underground Station HDR London FinalBank Underground Station HDR London Final

This is the DLR, Docklands Light Railway, platform at Bank Underground Station, London. The station is named after the Bank of England above ground but could not be more different. There is an especially clean, vibrant and futuristic look to the platform.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang fisheye lens at 8mm and f5.6. I took 3 pictures for HDR.

Photoshop

More detail was brought in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with clarity preset with adjustments. I decided to apply this effect only to the Platform by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

The image was improved with an adjustment layers of Levels.

Brightness increased 44 points.

Very slight reduction in Reds Saturation

Layers flattened before going on to 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 33 amount and 33 radius.

A motion blur was applied using Topaz lens effects. This was applied on a duplicate layer and removed with a black layer mask. A white brush was used to apply the blur only to the train. A selection was used to get accuracy with the brush

Composition was improved by cropping to remove some of the uninteresting wall on the right.

Tidy up with the clone and healing brushes.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Bank Underground Station HDR London  OriginalBank Underground Station HDR London Original

Tonemapped Image

Bank Underground Station HDR London  tonemappedBank Underground Station HDR London Tonemapped

Final Image

Bank Underground Station HDR London  finalBank Underground Station HDR London Final

For Licence see Bank Underground Station HDR London

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London underground a700 architecture art bank bank station blur blur effect building capital city color colour dlr docklands light railway england fish eye fisheye futuristic geometry hdr lens lines london metallic metro movement perspective photography photoshop platform pov red reflections samyang shine sony sony alpha speed station subway topaz train tube uk underground urban vanishing point wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/bank-underground-station-hdr-london Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:37:49 GMT
London Underworld by Foot https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/london-underworld-by-foot London Underworld by Foot FinalLondon Underworld by Foot Final

As you may have guessed by now I am quite keen on tunnels so when I visited Greenwich I needed to collect this one. This is the Greenwich foot tunnel under the Thames in London to the North Bank and Docklands. It is 1200ft long and 50ft deep

The red electric junction box is the only bit of colour in the tunnel. I thought the fisheye lens worked quite well for this image.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang fisheye lens at 8mm and f5.6. I took 3 pictures for HDR.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix Detail Enhancer creative preset.

Photoshop

The 0EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at low opacity was used to build up detail in highlight areas.

The Plus 2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush was used to bring up the red in the box.

Note that Photomatix automatically aligns and crops the 3 images to correct movement when handholding. When bringing in the other images I changed the opacity of the layer so both images were visible. The move tool was then used to align.

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with crisp preset to bring in more detail. The effect was applied on a layer with a layer mask which I used to exclude some of the highlight areas.

Brightness reduced a little.

Vibrance increased 8 points.

Hue Saturation used to increase red saturation a little on the box only using a layer mask.

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 35 amount and 35 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The clone tool was used for 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

London Underworld by Foot OriginalLondon Underworld by Foot Original

Tonemapped image

London Underworld by Foot TonemappedLondon Underworld by Foot Tonemapped

Final Image

London Underworld by Foot FinalLondon Underworld by Foot Final

For licence see London Underworld by Foot

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Greenwich foot tunnel a700 angle arch architecture awesome bricks city color colour dark dirty dslr dslra700 electric england exposure fisheye foot greenwich gritty hdr high dynamic range junction lens light london long perspective photo photographer photography photoshop pic processing red river samyang sony street symmetry thames tile tiles topaz travel tunnel uk underground underworld urban vanishing point victorian water wide https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/london-underworld-by-foot Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:56:27 GMT
Staircase Spiral to the Sky https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/staircase-spiral-to-the-sky Staircase Spiral to the Sky FinalStaircase Spiral to the Sky Final

My visit to London last Saturday included a visit to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich for the Ansel Adams Exhibition which finishes on the 28th April. I went first to the Queens House, a building which is part of the Museum which contains this brilliant spiral staircase. Built in 1610 it is one of the world’s earliest examples of a cantilever stair with no central core support.

The streamers coming down are a sculpture called Flower Helix' which is part of The Garden of England installation by Alice Kettle which is there until August.

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 detail enhancer with the Natural + preset for lighting.

Photoshop

The 0EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at low opacity was used to build up detail in highlight areas from the window and lights.

My Topaz Software suite has just been updated with Topaz Detail 3. I gave this a go using first the protect highlights preset and then the Detail 2 preset. This worked out quite well.

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

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 31 amount and 31 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

The healing brush and clone tool were used to remove the distracting lights from the left of the picture.

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

Staircase Spiral to the Sky OriginalStaircase Spiral to the Sky Original

Tonemapped image

Staircase Spiral to the Sky TonemappedStaircase Spiral to the Sky Tonemapped

Final Image

Staircase Spiral to the Sky FinalStaircase Spiral to the Sky Final

For licences see Staircase Spiral to the Sky

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Greenwich Maritime Museum Sony Thames abstract architecture art awesome beautiful blue building curves design detail 3 dslr dslra700 elegant engineering england fisheye geometry glass greenwich handrail hdr heritage high dynamic range iconic image interior landmark light london looking up maritime minimalist museum old park patterns perspective photography photomatix pic queens house royal samyang spiral spiral staircase staircase stairs tonemapped tonemapping topaz tourism travel tulip uk white window https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/staircase-spiral-to-the-sky Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:40:53 GMT
Embankment Underground Linear Accelerator https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/embankment-underground-linear-accelerator Embankment Underground Linear Accelerator FinalEmbankment Underground Linear Accelerator Final

I went for another London Day Trip on Saturday. This included a little Tunnel Hunting. I had spotted this tunnel in Embankment Station before but I was not satisfied with the symmetry of the shots I took then. First task was to find the tunnel again in the maze. I eventually found it further down en route to the Bakerloo Line.

For the title the circles got me thinking of Accelerators.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang fisheye lens at 8mm and f5.6. I took 3 pictures for HDR.

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion method Natural Adjusted preset.

Photoshop

First a little straightening and cropping was done to get the symmetry just right.

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with crisp preset to bring in more detail. The effect was applied on a layer with a layer mask which I used to exclude some of the ceiling from the enhancement.

Brightness increased a little excluding the people on the right.

Vibrance increased 31 points

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 40 amount and 40 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights and parts of the ceiling.

The Healing tool was used to remove some litter. The clone tool was used for 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

Embankment Underground Linear Accelerator OriginalEmbankment Underground Linear Accelerator Original

Tonemapped image

Embankment Underground Linear Accelerator TonemappedEmbankment Underground Linear Accelerator Tonemapped

Final Image

Embankment Underground Linear Accelerator FinalEmbankment Underground Linear Accelerator Final

For licence see Embankment Underground Linear Accelerator

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bakerloo Bakerloo line Embankment Embankment Station Europe London underground Photomatix adverts angle arch architecture black building city color colour design dslr dslra700 england fisheye fisheye lens gb green hdr high dynamic range light lights lines london metro modern perspective photo photography photos photoshop pic picture pictures red reflection samyang shiny sigma sony sony a700 subway symmetry tile tiles topaz train tube tube station tunnel uk underground underground station urban wide https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/embankment-underground-linear-accelerator Sun, 07 Apr 2013 20:36:29 GMT
Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/piccadilly-line-empty-carriage 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.

Photoshop

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.

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

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

For licence see Piccadilly Line Empty Carriage

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Cockfosters England London Photomatix Piccadilly Piccadilly line a700 blue carriage city color colour dslra700 empty fluorescent gb hdr high dynamic range indoors inside light lighting line lines metro perspective photoshop picture public railway red seats sigma station symmetry tonemapped tonemapping topaz track tracks train train carriage trains transit transport travel tube uk underground underground carriage underground station underground train urban wide angle yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/4/piccadilly-line-empty-carriage Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:09:14 GMT
Bradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/bradley-wiggins-paris-tour-win Bradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win finalBradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win Final

And now for something totally different. With winter hanging on with a cold wind from Siberia for weeks, I have had far too much time on my hands. Hence this excursion into converting a Photo to a line drawing. The picture is one of the countless ones I took at last years Tour de France finish in Paris. Yellow Jersey winner Bradley Wiggins is in the middle with Mark Cavendish behind.

This was taken with a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-200 zoom at 55mm. I used ISO 400 to gain a high shutter speed of 1/1250th second.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied.  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs.  

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer.

Photoshop

In Photoshop the first step was a lot of cloning work to remove the rider going out of the picture on the far left. I wanted to keep space on the left for the riders to move into so did not want to crop the image. The cloning included copying people and feet from other parts of the picture.

The steps to convert the image to a line drawing can be followed at my new tutorial which includes screenshots. See Line Drawing Tutorial  

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Bradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win OriginalBradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win Original

Tonemapped image Detail Enhancer

Bradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win tonemappedBradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win Tonemapped

Final Image after line drawing conversion

Bradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win finalBradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win Final

For licences see Bradley Wiggins Paris Tour Win

 

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bradley wiggins Cavendish France Mark Cavendish Paris Photomatix Tour adjustment layers art bicycle cav competition creative cycle race cycling digital digital editing drawing effect effects filter filters france hdr layers line mask masks pencil photos photoshop processing race. racing rue de Rivoli sky sky pro cycling sky team sony sonya550 sport sports team sky tour de france tour de france 2012 wiggins wiggo https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/bradley-wiggins-paris-tour-win Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:12:22 GMT
Fisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/fisheyed-eagle-lectern-bath Fisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath FinalFisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath Final

Another shot taken with my fisheye lens in the interior of Bath Abbey, Bath, UK. The picture was taken by placing the camera on the floor, pointing it in the right direction, retreating to avoid being in the shot and then triggering the shutter with my wireless remote.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens at f5.6. 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.

Photomatix

The HDR was created using 3 images in Photmatix at 2EV separation and tonemapped

Photoshop

Adjustments were first made in Topaz using Vibrant Preset Group, Dramatic 2 preset to bring in more detail. A vignette was also added in Topaz.

Adjustments were made in levels and curves to enhance with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Contrast increased by 16 points

Vibrance increased by 11 points.

Hue Saturation, reds reduced for a more natural look.

A 2nd Hue Saturation layer was used with a layer mask to increase reds and yellows on the Eagle Lectern to bring this up.

A 2nd Levels layer was used with a layer mask to increase brightness on the Eagle Lectern only.

A duplicate layer with mask was used to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 56 amount and 56 radius. A mask was used to apply the effect to the Eagle Lectern only.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Fisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath OriginalFisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath Original

Tonemapped image

Fisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath TonemappedFisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath Tonemapped

 Final Image

Fisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath FinalFisheyed Eagle Lectern Bath Final

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) high dynamic range a700 abbey abbey church altar architecture bath bath abbey christ church church of Christ color colour column columns cross eagle lectern fan vaulting fisheye fisheye lens gothic hdr inside interior layers lectern lens light lights marble medieval nave old photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures place of worship religion samyang scenic sony a700 stained glass sunday tonemapped tonemapping vaulting wide angle window windows worship https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/fisheyed-eagle-lectern-bath Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:49:21 GMT
Shard View Fisheyed https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/shard-view-fisheyed 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.

Photoshop

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.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Shard View Fisheyed OriginalShard View Fisheyed Original

Tonemapped image

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 Final Image

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Eurostar High Speed to London https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/eurostar-high-speed-to-london Eurostar High Speed to London FinalEurostar High Speed to London Final

This image was taken last July on my return from Paris on the Eurostar. The buffet car was perfect for HDR

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm. One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation. Each image was noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.  The images were tonemapped for HDR using Photomatix and Detail Enhancer

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in a more detail and a layer mask was used to exclude the effect from the highlights.

The 0EV image was copied in, excluded with a layer mask and used to lighten the view through one window.

The +2EV image was copied in, excluded with a layer mask and used to brighten some areas inside.

The -2EV image was copied in, excluded with a layer mask and used to reduce highlights in some areas.

Levels were used to increase overall brightness with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 33 points.

Yellows saturation increased to brighten the overhead lights.

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 70 amount and 70 radius. This quite noticeably brought up the shine in the carriage. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from highlights.

The healing tool was used to tidy up some parts.

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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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) buffet car high speed Photomatix a700 bar buffet carriage city color colour dslra700 england europe eurostar fast field fields france gare de nord glass hdr high dynamic range high speed 1 indoors inside light lighting line lines london metal modern northern france photoshop picture railway shine sigma speed st pancras tonemapped tonemapping topaz track tracks train train carriage trains travel uk wide angle wood https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/eurostar-high-speed-to-london Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:38:18 GMT
Owl Penetrating Eyes https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/owl-penetrating-eyes Owl Penetrating Eyes FinalOwl Penetrating Eyes Final

With the current cold wet weather I again delved way back in the archives and scanned this shot of a slide.

The image was taken at a falconry and I think it is the Northern Great Horned Owl

The original was taken with Fujichrome Sensia 100 and the scan was with a Nikon Coolscan 4 slide scanner 

Photoshop

The image was first cropped for a closer view and better composition.

Topaz adjust was used to adjust detail differently in the Owl and background. Topaz Adjust, Vibrance preset group and Detail 2 preset was applied on a layer. A layer mask and brush was then used to remove the extra detail from the background.

Levels used to increase brightness.

Contrast increased slightly.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 17 points.

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 48 amount and 48 radius.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original scan  and then the final result.

Original Scan

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Final Image

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Blanket of Winter Over Spring https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/blanket-of-winter-over-spring Blanket of Winter Over Spring FinalBlanket of Winter Over Spring Final

This was a very low bush of flowering Heather.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Tamron 28-200 zoom at 55mm and F5 for narrow depth of field.   One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 3 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation. Each image was noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

This picture was enhanced with HDR processing followed by Topaz Adjust and Photoshop to bring in more detail. I used 2 Topaz layers with masks, one was to reduce detail in the background and the other to increase detail in the flowers and snow in the foreground.  

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to adjust detail differently in the foreground and background. The first adjustment reduced detail considerably from the original. A layer mask was used to remove the effect from the flowers in the foreground and the nearest snow so that area kept its original details.

A second layer with a mask was used and a Topaz adjustment used to increase detail more in the nearer flowers.

The brightness tool was used with a layer mask to reduce brightness only on the highlights.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 17 points.

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 33 amount and 33 radius. A layer mask was again used to exclude this effect from everything except the nearer snow and flowers, again to bring out and separate the foreground from the rest of the image.

The clone tool was used to tidy up some parts to remove distractions on the corners and edges..

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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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bognor Regis England HDR Heather Pagham Sussex West blur color colour colours dslr dslra550 flower flowers green greenery hdr light nature photo photography photomatix photos photoshop pic picture pictures purple scenic snow sony spring sun sunshine tamron texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz village white winter https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/blanket-of-winter-over-spring Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:15:00 GMT
Ascent to the Light Southgate Underground https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ascent-to-the-light-southgate-underground Ascent to the Light Southgate Underground FinalAscent to the Light Southgate Underground Final

Another shot taken on the northern part of the Piccadilly Line, London. This one is of Southgate Station. Like many others on this part of the line this station was built in the 1930s and has a lot of Art Deco design.

For a change I went for mono in this image which I felt worked best. I got lucky with the figure ideally placed at the top of the stairs and the processing aimed to emphasise that. With all the enhancement processing I used masks to remove any of that from the people coming down the escalator on the right so they remained in the shadows and did not detract from the central figure.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. I took 3 pictures for HDR but in the end used just 0EV image with a little RAW, Topaz and Photoshop editing to enhance.

Photoshop

Opened the RAW image in Camera Raw. Used the sliders for recovery for the highlights plus Vibrance and Clarity.

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with clarity preset to bring in more detail. The effect was applied on a layer with a layer mask which I used to exclude the people on the down escalator from the enhancement.

Brightness increased a little excluding the people on the right.

Saturation reds and yellows increased for the mono tones.

Conversion layer for mono

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 60 amount and 60 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from the people on the right, and also to avoid bright areas on the adverts.

The crop tool was used for better symmetry. The clone tool was used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Ascent to the Light Southgate Underground OriginalAscent to the Light Southgate Underground Original

Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Europe London underground Piccadilly Southgate Southgate Station angle architecture art art deco black and white building city design dslr dslra700 england escalator gb great Britain hall light lights lines london metro mono monochrome perspective photo photography photos photoshop pic picadilly line picture pictures raw selective color selective colour sigma sony sony a700 staircase stairs subway texture topaz train tube tube station tunnel uk underground underground station urban wide https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ascent-to-the-light-southgate-underground Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:00:00 GMT
Boxgrove Churchyard Snowdrops https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/boxgrove-churchyard-snowdrops Boxgrove Churchyard SnowdropsBoxgrove Churchyard Snowdrops Final

Last Tuesday was a brief spell of warm spring weather before the return of winter. I made the most of it with a ride to nearby Boxgrove Priory and Church close to Chichester and the South Downs National Park.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Tamron 28-200 zoom at 28mm.   One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation. Each image was noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in a more detail. A layer mask was used to apply the effect only to the area of the snowdrops to bring these out from the background. This was in addition to the use of an f5 aperture for a narrow depth of field when taking the picture.

The brightness tool was used with a layer mask to reduce brightness only on the side of the gravestone on the far right. This was to cut down the distraction of an over bright distracting area on the edge. The burn tool was also used later to bring down brightness further in that area.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 31 points.

Saturation blues was decreased slightly for a more natural look in 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 40 amount and 40 radius. A layer mask was again used to exclude this effect from everything except the snowdrops, again to bring out and separate the snowdrops from the rest of the image.

The burn tool was used to tone down over bright areas in parts of the background and some of the snowdrops. The clone tool was used to tidy up some parts arising from the masks.

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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Roman Baths Night View https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/roman-baths-night-view Roman Baths Night View FinalRoman Baths Night View Final

This is an image of the Roman Baths in Bath, UK with Bath Abbey in the background. This is a shot from the archives I got round to processing from 2011.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 12mm.  3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with crisp preset to bring in a more detail.

General adjustments in levels to enhance excluding highlights with a mask.

Overall contrast was increased.

Vibrance was decreased slightly.

Saturation reds was decreased for a more natural look.

Verticals were straightened using filter-Lens Correction-Custom and then Vertical Perspective slider

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 40 amount and 40 radius.

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

Roman Baths Night View OriginalRoman Baths Night View Original

Tonemapped image

Roman Baths Night View TonemappedRoman Baths Night View Tonemapped

Final Image

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Heading Downward Tube https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/heading-downward-tube Heading Downward Tube FinalHeading Downward Tube Final

Back in the very cold UK now. Photography has been limited to a trip to London staying on the warmer underground and exploring the northern part of the Piccadilly Line. These stations were built in the 1930s and have a lot of Art Deco design.

This image is of Bounds Green Station taken from the ticket hall looking down the escalators. It has a very modernist design which I thought looked pretty neat.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. I took 3 pictures for HDR but the 0EV image looked so good that I just did a little Raw and Photoshop editing to enhance the one image.

Photoshop

Opened the RAW image in Camera Raw. Used the recovery slider for the lights and Clarity.

Topaz adjust was used with vibrant presets group with clarity preset to bring in a little more detail. The effect was applied on a layer with a layer mask which I used to exclude highlight areas.

General adjustments in levels to enhance excluding highlights with a mask.

Saturation Greens was used to bring down some of the adjustments to retain the grey metallic look.

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 35 amount and 35 radius.

The crop tool was used for better symmetry. The healing and clone tools were used for tidy up.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original at 0EV

Heading Downward Tube OriginalHeading Downward Tube Original

Final Image

Heading Downward Tube FinalHeading Downward Tube Final

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bounds Green London underground Piccadilly angle architecture art art deco building city color colour colours design dslr dslra700 england escalator futuristic grey hall lights lines london metallic metro modern perspective photo photography photos pic picture pictures science science fiction shiny sigma sony stairs station subway texture topaz train tube tube station uk underground underground station urban wide https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/3/heading-downward-tube Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:28:15 GMT
Mirador Entrance Passage https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/mirador-entrance-passage Mirador Entrance Passage FinalMirador Entrance Passage Final

This picture was taken inside the Mirador del Rio viewpoint building in the far north of Lanzarote. The view is looking back along the entrance corridor.

The picture was taken on a Tripod 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 detail enhancer.

Photoshop

The minus 2EV image was opened. This image was then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at low opacity was used to build up detail in highlight areas near the entrance.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Vibrance preset group, specify preset with adjustments using the sliders.

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

Brightness and contrast increased with a mask to exclude highlights.

Vibrance layer increase 37 points

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

More detail added using Unsharp mask clarity effect 53 amount 53 radius

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

Mirador Entrance Passage OriginalMirador Entrance Passage Original

Tonemapped image

Mirador Entrance Passage TonemappedMirador Entrance Passage Tonemapped

Final Image

Mirador Entrance Passage FinalMirador Entrance Passage Final

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Cesar HDR Lanzarote Sony Spain angle architecture building canaries canary islands ceiling color colour dslr dslra700 espana fisheye hdr high dynamic range holiday isla island lava light mirador mirador del rio nature photo photography photomatix photos pic picture pictures red samyang sony700 spain texture tonemapped tonemapping topaz tours travel vacation vase vases viewpoint wall wide yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/mirador-entrance-passage Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:51:22 GMT
View of a Small World Fisheyed https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/view-of-a-small-world-fisheyed View of a Small World Fisheyed finalView of a Small World Fisheyed Final

This is the view from the Mirador del Rio in the far north of Lanzarote looking across to the small adjoining island of Graciosa. It was the hottest day of my trip with temperatures up to 25C.

The Samyang 8 mm fisheye lens I have is of the diagonal type which fills the frame. Pointed straight ahead and depending on the scene it can almost look normal. However if the camera is pointed upward in a landscape the horizon will curve upward at the sides. Conversely if the camera is pointed downwards the horizon will curve down at the sides.

This distortion helps to create the illusion of a picture taken on a very small world. 

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer starting with the painterly preset but changing it a lot with the sliders.

Photoshop

Topaz HDR crisp preset used to add more detail. A layer mask was used to remove the effect from the sky.

General adjustments were made in levels and curves to enhance.

Vibrance layer increase 30 points.

Blue saturation reduced for a more natural look.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

More contrast and clarity added using unsharp mask amount 55 and Radius 55 with a layer mask used to apply the adjustment only to the foreground ledge area,.

The clone brush was used to remove darker areas in the upper corners.

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

View of a Small World Fisheyed oroginalView of a Small World Fisheyed Original

Tonemapped image

View of a Small World Fisheyed tonemappedView of a Small World Fisheyed Tonemapped

Final Image

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For licences see View of a Small World Fisheyed

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Crater Gap Star Trails https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/crater-gap-star-trails Crater Gap Star Trails finalCrater Gap Star Trails Final image

Another visit to my favourite Star Trails crater Montana Cuervo near Masdache, Lanzarote. Unlike the others taken from the Crater Floor this is taken looking out through the gap in the rim.

My trip here involves regular bicycle rides as well as photography for which I brought with me my custom bicycle used for these tours. Usually for Star Trails I would ride the 10 miles from the local resort to this location with the Tripod strapped to the rack and the camera and padding in a pannier.

For this trip I decided to combine a day ride to the caves to the north of the Island for pictures there and timed it to get direct to the crater just before sunset. After 65 miles and 4000 ft worth of hills climbed I was feeling a little tired and indeed nearly fell asleep while the star trails were being taken.

I used my Interval Timer and set the camera at ISO 200 and bulb and the timer at 1 minute 59 seconds with a 1 second gap between exposures and aperture at f3.5. I set the timer for 1 hour 44 minutes. I was able to use all the exposures in the image as a strong wind directly towards the camera stopped any condensation forming.

This was taken from the floor of the crater Montana Cuervo near Masdache, Lanzarote. It is not as well visited as many places on the Island. It requires an easy 20 minute flat walk on a footpath from the road to the base of the Crater. Round the right hand side there is a great gash in the Crater wall permitting easy access to the crater floor. There are large numbers of rocks scattered across the Crater floor.

The images were stacked in Startrails.exe

There are 2 methods of taking Star Trail images, either one long exposure of 20 minutes plus or a lot of shorter exposures later blended together. The problem with the first is if something goes wrong such as a walker with a flashlight or condensation you can lose the whole thing so I went for the second. It would normally be very time consuming to blend all the pictures together but there is now free software available to do it for you at http://www.startrails.de/html/software.html

With the method of stacking together shorter exposures noise is not such an issue so I turned off the Cameras noise reduction settings. If these are turned on it doubles the exposure length as a second image is taken automatically of the same length for the noise reduction process. This also causes gaps in the Star Trails if multiple images are blended. Noise was corrected later with software. Noise is also helped a lot by taking Dark Frames at the same time as the images. For this I took 2 two minute exposures immediately after the Star Trails with the lens cap on. This enables software to blend these and automatically subtract the standard sensor noise for that exposure at that temperature.

The circular pattern is formed by pointing the camera towards Polaris the Pole Star near the Plough. As the Earth turns stars more above the pole do not appear to move as much as those more above lower latitudes. I had with me an HTC Android Smart Phone with the Google Sky App. This enabled me to locate the pole star while there was still light.

The light pollution is from a nearby small town. This is minor compared with the light from the resorts to the south luckily hidden behind me

The images used were taken over 1 hour 44 minutes with 52 images of 1 minutes 59 seconds  exposures each with 1 second gap between each exposure on the timer. These were stacked with the startrails software.

All the settings and equipment were as follows

- Sony A700 Camera.

- ISO 200, f3.5, 1 minute 59 seconds, 8mm.

- Long Exposure and high ISO noise reduction set to off. Otherwise the Camera would take One minute and 59 seconds between each shot for its own noise reduction resulting in great gaps in the Star Trails.

- Samyang Fisheye lens 8mm.

- Tripod.

- Interval timer

See this post for a review of this Timer

http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2012/5/timer-interval-remote-review

Tips

- Arrive early, bring a compass or Smartphone, to help find the north star.
- Setup gear while it’s still light, get your composition and wait.
- Shoot test shots, make sure you can see the first stars.
- Wait for that perfect moment and then start the exposure.
- Bring a torch, so you can find you way and make adjustments after dark.
- Bring warm clothing and a snack and drink.

Photoshop

For the Star Trails the stacking software works on jpegs which are then saved as a Tiff.

After opening in Photoshop some extra detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity preset

The Star Trails were brightened with adjustments in levels, contrast and brightness.

The light pollution was brought down with saturation adjustments on the red and yellow channels.

For the foreground this was a standard 3 shot HDR taken with light still in the sky.

Some enhancement was done in Topaz, HDR presets, Dynamic pop preset.

Vibrance was increased by 25 points.

Saturation blues was decreased for a more natural grey look in the gravel part of the foreground rather than a blue look which came out in earlier processing.

Brightness was decreased ready for a more natural blend with the stars later.

Noise reduction and sharpen.

On the Star Trails image I selected the sky using the quick selection tool. Then I copied the selection and pasted it in to the foreground HDR image. I used the move tool to line it up with the foreground.  Some pixel level cloning was done along the line of the join to remove some bright areas which came across from the foreground image

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the HDR image of the foreground after all processing. Then one of the single star trails exposures, then the Star Trails Image after merging of the exposed frames but before other processing and then the final result.

Tonemapped Foreground

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A single exposure which went towards the final Star Trails image

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Merged Star Trails image

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Final Image

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For licences see Crater Gap Star Trails

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) fisheye lens milky way night sky the plough Dark Lanzarote Masdache Montana Cuervo Photoshop Volcano astronomy astrophotography blue celestial crater darkness dslr dslra700 fisheye floor galaxy geology hdr high dynamic range landscape long exposure meteor nature night north star path photography photomatix pic picture polaris purple red rim rocks samyang sky sony700 space spain star tonemapped tonemapping topaz trail trails universe volcanic volcanoe wide angle https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/crater-gap-star-trails Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:23:30 GMT
Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/lava-cave-pool-lanzarote Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote FinalLava Cave Pool Lanzarote Final

This image was taken at the Green Caves part of a system of Lava tunnels in northern Lanzarote which is enhanced by carefully designed lighting.

I have taken images from this viewpoint before. 2 years ago when I first started in HDR I took an image with my Sigma wide angle at 10mm, see below.

 Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote 2011Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote 2011

A year ago I took 3 shots again with the Sigma and blended them into a 3 shot HDR Vertorama. See below.

Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote 2012Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote 2012

 

My latest shot was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Samyang Fisheye lens at 8 mm. This produced surprisingly little distortion although of course gave a wider angle of view. For the HDR I took 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 detail enhancer.

Photoshop

I used Topaz Vibrant preset group and clarity preset with the adjustment sliders used for the right look and extra detail. Topaz was applied on a duplicate layer with a layer mask used to remove the effect from highlight areas,

A slight S Bend adjustment was made in curves for a little extra contrast.

Brightness/contrast the contrast slider was increased 14 points.

Vibrance layer increased a little by 17 points.

Hue saturation reds channel used to tone down reds in the bottom right of the pool caused by low light noise. The saturation adjustment was restricted to that area with a layer mask.

The minus 2EV image was brought in as a new layer, excluded with a black layer mask. Then a low opacity white brush was used to build up more detail in the highlights at the far end of the cave.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

More contrast and clarity added using unsharp mask amount 34 and Radius 34. Note that the point of these setting which are very different from those used for sharpening is that they add extra contrast and clarity rather than sharpening so no artefacts are added.

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

Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote OriginalLava Cave Pool Lanzarote Original

Tonemapped image

Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote TonemappedLava Cave Pool Lanzarote Tonemapped

Final Image

Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote FinalLava Cave Pool Lanzarote Final

For licences see Lava Cave Pool Lanzarote

Edwin Jones

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Photomatix canary islands cave caverna caves cavita color colour covo cueva de los verdes espana farbe fisheye fisheye lens geology green grotta grotte hdr isla islas canarias lanzarote lava lava tube licht los verdes mirror photo photos photoshop picture red reflection reflections reflexion rocks samyang sigma wide angle smooth sony photography sony700 spain spanien topaz travel tube tunnel underground vacation volcanic volcano wasser water wide angle yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/lava-cave-pool-lanzarote Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:14:30 GMT
Serene Sunset Lanzarote https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/serene-sunset-lanzarote Serene Sunset LanzaroteSerene Sunset Lanzarote Final

This was another long exposure image taken at the Playa Grande beach Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote with a 104 second exposure. The wind was moderately strong so there was some good cloud movement.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm.

 Processing started with adjustments in Camera RAW for better detail and colours. The sliders used included exposure, Vibrance and clarity.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used with Stylised presets group with Whisperley preset for a mono look. With Topaz applied on a layer a layer mask was used to exclude the effect from all except the sea.

To brighten the sea which was to light I made a selection of the sea with the rectangular marquee tool and then image adjustments Exposure and used the sliders to bring this up a little.

I made further slight adjustments to the sea with a curves adjustment layer with a layer mask.

General adjustments in levels to enhance.

Overall Saturation was reduced for softer colours.

Another Saturation adjustment layer was used to bring up saturation in the foreground only using a layer mask.

Topaz clarity preset was used to bring more detail into the foreground only using a layer mask.

Layers flattened before going on to noise reduction and a little sharpening.

The healing brush and clone brush were used to remove sensor dust marks.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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

Original

Serene Sunset Lanzarote OriginalSerene Sunset Lanzarote Original

Final Image

Serene Sunset LanzaroteSerene Sunset Lanzarote Final

For licences see Serene Sunset Lanzarote

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) neutral density Canary Islands Lanzarote Puerto del Carmen Sony Spain Sunset beach blue bw canary islands clouds color colour dslr dslra700 españa filter isla island islas canarias le light long exposure nd ocean oceano pic playa red rocks sand seascape serene sigma wide angle sky soft sony still sun topaz water waves wide angle yellow https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/serene-sunset-lanzarote Sat, 09 Feb 2013 21:30:00 GMT
Small Planetoid Sunset https://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2013/2/small-planetoid-sunset Small Planetoid Sunset FinalSmall Planetoid Sunset final

This image was taken looking towards the Montana Cuervo Crater on the Volcanic Plateau of Lanzarote.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 detail enhancer with a custom preset for Sunset and a natural look.

Photoshop</