Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 11/21/2011


Photo taken on November 19, 2011




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Docklands Railway Tunnel at Speed

Docklands Railway Tunnel at Speed
The Shot

This view was taken on the Docklands Light Railway as the train was in the tunnel which takes it under the Thames. The railway is automatic, no driver except a supervisor who sits in one of the front passenger seats. This gives a great opportunity as there are passenger seats at the front and back of the train. I put the camera lens flat against the window to cut out reflections.

I took a lot of pictures and settled on a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds for the best feel of movement.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld in RAW. 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.

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

In general a lot of editing was done for this image to increase contrast and sharpness of lines and colours for a better effect.

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. A strong curves adjustment was used.

Vibrance layer increase 72 points

Brightness contrast layer with mask used to substantially increase contrast by 79 points.

Saturation adjustment layer used with a mask to apply it only to the tracks to brighten and warm this area.

I wanted to add some sharply defined lines going into the distance. Along the track there is a sort of ledge area with a shadowed area below it. I made a selection of the shadow with the pen tool and used a saturation layer to sharply bring down the brightness of this area. Then another selection was made of the ledge and a colour balance adjustment layer used to bring up blues in this area.

Another selection was made of the light streaked area with a wide feather and colour balance again used to bring up blues. On the right another selection was made of the dark streak and a colour balance adjustment layer used to bring up reds

The minus 2EV image was copied as a new layer and used to bring down the intensity of the light streak.

Healing brush with content aware CS5 used to remove some flare areas.

Noiseware Pro

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast (clarity effect) with low amount and high radius to the picture except the highlights.

Resources

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

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