Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 02/04/2012


Photo taken on January 31, 2012




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Lava Cave Reflection HDR Vertorama

Lava Cave Reflection HDR Vertorama
The Shot

Cueva de los Verdes , the Green Caves is a part of a large lava tunnel system in northern Lanzarote. The caves can only be accessed as part of a guided tour every 20 minutes. In the caves artificial but subtle lighting has been added. This view is at the end of the Tour in the upper gallery. They are just kidding when they say photos of this view are not allowed. Photos are allowed at the end though best to wait until the crowd thins out and the flashes stop popping.

The pool is only about an inch deep but because of the absence of air movement it gives a perfect mirror reflection.

I took a similar image last year which was a 3 shot HDR. See the link to it in the comment below. This one was an HDR Vertorama combining 4 HDR images of 3 images each so a total of 12 images. There was a lot of overlap between images, probably more than 50%. All images were processed in Photomatix with the same settings. This can be done fairly easily as a new image in Photomatix always comes up with the last used settings as default.

The images were combined using Photoshop CS5 photomerge in the auto setting. Meant for panoramas so turned pictures 90 degrees. Some corrections using filter, Lens correction before cropping.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken with a Tripod.
Each of the 4 images comprised 3 raw images 2EV spacing.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

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

Brightness contrast layer with a mask used to decrease brightness in the rocks at the far end.

Vibrance layer increase 43 points

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening

First duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer for clarity effect using Unsharp mask with settings of amount 47 and radius 47

Third duplicate layer Topaz Adjust using HDR presets medium pop grunge. A layer mask was used to apply this only to some of the rocks in the lower part at 50%.

Clone stamp was used to tidy up some small highlight areas.

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