London Light Trails to Tower Bridge

November 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

London Light Trails to Tower Bridge FinalLondon Light Trails to Tower Bridge Final

Another shot from my last day trip to London early in November. The trail was formed from a London Bus passing. There were 3 images. The first had most of the trail, the second had the continuation along the bridge from the next image in the sequence. The last was an image with fewer people on the left. The images were layered and combined using layer masks.

The picture was taken with a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. A false HDR was done by creating extra images from the RAW file of the first image.

Photomatix

The tonemapped tone compressor setting was used for the most natural look. Click additional info on flickr for this image for Exif details and the settings used. After processing the low setting was used to add extra contrast in Photomatix.

Photoshop

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.

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

Vibrance increased by 32 points.

Slight increase in Saturation Yellows for the lights and parts of the trails, layer mask used to exclude other areas.

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 35 amount and 35 radius. A mask was used to partly exclude the effect from highlights.

Clone brush used to tidy up some join areas between pictures. Clone brush used to add trails to small gap between the 2 images which were combined with light trails.

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

London Light Trails to Tower Bridge OriginalLondon Light Trails to Tower Bridge Original

Tonemapped image

London Light Trails to Tower Bridge tonemappedLondon Light Trails to Tower Bridge Tone Compressed

Final Image

London Light Trails to Tower Bridge FinalLondon Light Trails to Tower Bridge Final

For licences see London Light Trails to Tower Bridge

Edwin Jones


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