Rainbow Tower Paris Warp Effect

August 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Rainbow Tower Paris Warp Effect FinalRainbow Tower Paris Warp Effect Final

A shot taken on another visit to La Defense, the modern Paris Business District when I went to Paris to see the Tour de France. Among the skyscrapers there are a number of sculptures including this one. It is a fair bit smaller than the skyscrapers but still a good size, at a guess 40-50 ft tall. It is an empty cylinder clad with these coloured pipes making up all the colours of the rainbow. It can be found near the Esplanade de Defence Metro Station. The image was taken from right next to the tower.

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

Photoshop

The original was rotated a few degrees to the left and the cropped to centre the Tower better.

Colour enhancement was done with Topaz adjust with Vibrant preset group, Boost preset.

Vibrance increased 76 points.

In Photoshop I used the Edit -Transform – Warp command to spread out and curve the base.

The central Blue Tube had some of the paint fading so the clone tool was used at a low opacity to build up more blue along the tube with a selection used to easily confine the brush to the tube.

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 43 amount and 43 radius.

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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Edwin Jones


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