Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 04/09/2012

Photo taken on March 24, 2012


light trails
big ben
long exposure
Traffic trails

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Big Ben Traffic Trails London

Big Ben Traffic Trails London
The Shot

This was taken on my last day trip to London. This was another one taken on Westminster Bridge but on the other side. Not an HDR but a blend of 5 exposures of 4 seconds each. The exposures included several London buses coming past.

The picture was taken with a tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 17mm. I found that for the light trails layers with masks or the various layer blend modes did not work that well. Lighten produced the best result. However for this shot I again tried the unusual process of using the startrails.exe program to blend the images which produced a good result. The only downside to this method is that you have to use jpgs as the source images.


The best image for the least pedestrians was added as new layer and a layer mask used to apply it only to the pavement area.

The best shot for Big Ben and Parliament was added as new layer and a layer mask used to apply it for the best detail and brightness.

Other images were brought in as layers to help control highlights and tidy up some of the trails where obscured by highlights from other images in the combination.

Extra detail brought in with Topaz adjust with HDR preset with adjustments with a layer mask to exclude highlight areas.

Some enhancements with levels and curves

Vibrance adjustment layer increase 47 points.

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. A mask was used to exclude the effect from the highlights.

Filter, lens correction, custom used to correct verticals and then cropped.

Some tidy up with content aware healing brush and clone brush.

Filter-Blur-Motion blur was used with the direction applied in line with the trails. A black layer mask was then added and the effect applied only to small areas to blur down some of the strong highlight patches.


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