Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 04/02/2012


Photo taken on March 24, 2012




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Westminster View London

Westminster View London
The Shot

This was taken on my last day trip to London. This one was taken from the South Bank Due tp the bends in the river sunset was directly across the River by Big Ben though the absence of clouds meant it could have been better, I used a 3 stop ND filter and a low ISO to increase shutter speed to smooth the water.

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The picture was taken with a tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 11mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.

Photoshop

The -2 EV image was copied in as a new layer and a black layer mask added. Then a white brush used with differing opacities to darken the sky a little.

Detail brought back in with Topaz adjust with Vibrant Detail with adjustments.

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance with layer masks to exclude highlights.

Vibrance layer increase 47 points with a layer mask to exclude Parliament which was already quite well saturated.

Saturation adjustment layer blues used to increase the blue saturation in 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 67 amount and 67 radius. A mask was used to exclude the effect from the sky.

Filter, lens correction, custom used to correct verticals and then cropped. This was done only partly as otherwise the necessary cropping would have removed part of the street light.

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

Resources

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

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