Bath Abbey Tower Tour View

December 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Bath Abbey Tower Tour View FinalBath Abbey Tower Tour View Final

WhenI visited Bath Abbey over Christmas an announcement came up that  a Tour of the Abbey Tower was about to start, irresistible of course! The Tour includes the Bell ringing room, the Bells and the roof of the Abbey and top of the Tower with great views of the City.

The picture was taken handheld 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.

Photomatix

The HDR was created using Photmatix and tonemapped using detail enhancer. I went for a less natural HDR than I usually go for as I thought that suited the image better. I wanted to make the Abbey stand out more from the other buildings so went for selective colour using a layer mask and brush. This was done by processing in Photomatix first with a mono setting and then colour. The images were then layered in Photoshop and a layer mask and brush used to apply the colour image just to the Abbey.

Photoshop

Adjustments were made in Topaz Spicify Preset

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

Contrast was increased with a layer mask used to apply this only to the Abbey.

Vibrance increased by 25 points.

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 36 amount and 36 radius. A mask was used to apply the effect only to the Abbey.

The Patch Tool and Clone tool were used to remove a sun flare and also a Crane in the distance.

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

Bath Abbey Tower Tour View OriginalBath Abbey Tower Tour View Original

Tonemapped image

Bath Abbey Tower Tour View TonemappedBath Abbey Tower Tour View tonemapped

Final Image

Bath Abbey Tower Tour View FinalBath Abbey Tower Tour View Final

For licences see Bath Abbey Tower Tour View

 

Edwin Jones


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