Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 01/20/2012


Photo taken on November 19, 2011




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night
Cathedral
river thames
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thames
millennium
bridge
lights
england
St Paul’s


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Feet To St Pauls London

Feet To St Pauls London
The Shot

This is a shot I had been meaning to process from last November. It was a 13 second exposure and some people walked past during this, all that came out of them was a succession of images of their feet along the Bridge, weird!

The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge which could have been designed for Photographers as it lines up exactly with a great view of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Looking closely it is interesting that 13 seconds was enough to capture a few stars even in London’s light polluted skies.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken on a tripod. One RAW image. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at +2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR” with each image having Noiseware Pro applied. A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically. The images were saved as tiffs.

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 reduce brightness in highlights on the Bridge and St Paul’s.

Vibrance layer increase 44 points

The 0EV layer was brought back in with a mask to bring more detail in to the rails of the Bridge.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening

First duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening

Second duplicate layer Topaz Adjust using Vibrant presets, detail strong with some adjustments. A layer mask was used to apply this only to the bridge to bring more detail into the feet.

Healing brush with Content aware and clone stamp was used to tidy up some areas.

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