Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 11/25/2011


Photo taken on November 19, 2011




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Bus Trail St Pauls London

Bus Trail St Pauls London
The Shot

This shot was taken on my latest day trip to London last Saturday 19 November. This was taken on a road going along the side of St Paul’s Cathedral which seems to have a constant flow of buses. With a pedestrian crossing to hold them up there is a guaranteed flow of light trails from the traffic and buses when the light turn green.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 20mm. Taken on a tripod. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. I used 2 of the images taken the -2EV and 0EV. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs

HDR Blending

I tried Photamatix first but it didn’t deal with the traffic trails very well so I used a manual blend of the 2 exposures using layers and layer masks. The -2EV image was used as a base. Then the 0EV image was copied in as a new layer, excluded with a black layer mask and then painted back in with a white brush at varying opacities in some areas. This lightened the tree and parts of St Pauls. This was also used to bring in more traffic trail from this image which was second in time to join up the trail with the bus in the distance.

Photoshop

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

Vibrance layer increase 28 points

Saturation adjustment layer was used for a slight increase in the reds and yellows to enhance the colours in the light trails.

There was some movement in some people on the pavement so I copied in another picture taken earlier with the camera set up exactly the same with no people in and blended that in over the pavement to remove the people.

Healing brush with content aware in Photoshop CS5 used to remove some flare spots and a traffic cone.

Noiseware Pro

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply Unsharp Mask for extra sharpening and contrast (clarity effect) with low amount and high radius to most of the image save some highlights. The settings were amount and radius both about 70 and threshold zero.

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