Blue Stairwell London Underground

November 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Blue Stairwell London Underground FinalBlue Stairwell London Underground Final

This is a shot from my last day trip to London early in November. This is a shot looking down a stairwell at the Embankment Underground Station.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens at f8.

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

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to Detail Enhancer.

Photoshop

First the 0 EV layer was brought back in, excluded with a layer mask and then a brush used to bring it back in to tone down some highlight areas.

Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with vibrant presets group with crisp preset with adjustments. The walls and highlights were excluded from the effect by applying Topaz on a duplicate layer with a layer mask.

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.

Vibrance was increased by 43 points.

Saturation blues were increased a little for the walls.

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.

Some tidy up with the Clone Brush.

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

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Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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For Licensing see Blue Stairwell London Underground

 

Edwin Jones


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