Fisheye Olympic Flame Stadium
My final visit to the Olympic Park was on Saturday 8th September to the Olympic Stadium. This was the last day of competition in the Para Athletics at the Stadium. I got there early enough so most had not yet taken their seats. My ticket was a cheap one up near the roof. However this early I was able to move around and got to near the base of the Paralympics Flame. The new fisheye was used again with the advantage of taking in just about the full circle of the Stadium Roof as well as the flame.
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.
Outputted in Photomatix to Detail Enhancer
The +2EV original image was copied in as new layer with a black layer mask. A white brush at varying opacities was used to brighten the area under the roof.
Detail was brought back in with Topaz adjust with Vibrance preset group, Crisp Preset.
Vibrance increased 51 points.
Saturation blues increased a little for the sky.
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 42 amount and 42 radius.
Tidy up with the clone brush
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
After Photomatix Detail Enhancer Tonemapped Method
Note that as this image was taken on private property with strict restrictions on the professional use of images in the Ticket Conditions this image is not available for sale.
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