London Underground Station Seat
This shot was taken on my latest day trip to London which included some London underground shots. This one was the Jubilee Line at Baker Street. The thing about the Jubilee line is that they have these really cool shiny metal seats. For a short period as a train loads up and leaves all the seats are empty giving the opportunity for this kind of shot
The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. Taken at 1/8 second handheld for the train movement.
1 raw images was taken and then 2 additional images were created in Camera Raw at 2EV separation to create a false HDR. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.
The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix detail enhancer with fusion natural settings
The OEV image was copied in as a new layer, excluded with a black layer mask and a white brush used to bring back in the nearest parts of the roof top left to even out tones.
The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and vibrant preset with a layer mask to part to apply the effect only to the seat.
Crop to focus more on the seat.
One extra processing step I took was on the man in blue. In the original he was dressed all in black and was lost in the background. I did a precise selection of his jumper using the pen tool and then used the colour fill from the edit menu. One important step was to set transparency at 30% to give a natural look with the fabric showing through rather than a solid colour.
Brightness reduced applied with a layer mask only to highlights and the area in the top right including the too bright poster. Saturation reds reduced applied with a layer mask only to the distracting red area of tiles top right.
Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.
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 26 amount and 26 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.
Heal and clone tools used for tidy up.
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
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