Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 11/18/2011


Photo taken on October 15, 2011




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Angle Towards the Shard, London

Angle Towards the Shard, London
The Shot

This was taken last month on a day trip to London.

This view was taken from the South Bank of the Thames. The area is part of the London Riverside More London Development. The view looks along a walkway towards the almost finished Shard Skyscraper.

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

Photomatix

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

Photoshop

The objectives of the processing here were to first to reduce a green cast. This was visible in the original and increased with contrast adjustments such as levels. It is caused when the Cameras White Balance is not able to cope with many different light sources in night photography and gets it a bit wrong. The processing was also to substantially enhance the colours in the building. This was in addition to the usual contrast and sharpness increases applied selectively

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. Layer masks used to exclude highlight areas

Vibrance layer increase 38 points

Brightness contrast adjustment layer overall brightness increase excluding highlight areas.

Saturation adjustment layer greens decrease 39 points and hue 23 points towards the blue end to go some way to remove green cast.

Photo Filter layer mask magenta and blues used to cut out green cast further applied selectively with layer mask

Photo Filter layer mask yellows used to increase warmth in some of the lighting

Original image 0V copied in as new layer with layer mask and used to reduce some reds and also used for the walkway.

Noiseware Pro

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius to everywhere except highlights. 72 amount 77 radius (clarity effect)

Resources

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

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