This is the before-and-after comparison of “Michelangelo’s Dome – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican (HDR Vertorama)“. The final image was created from 6×3 RAW files (series of 6 autobracketed shots, +2, 0, -2ev) which you can see in the left three columns. These 18 source shots were merged into 6 32-bit HDRs with Photomatix Pro 3.2 which where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. After the stitching, the resulting 32-bit HDR panorama was cropped in Photoshop and then tone-mapped using the detail enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 3.2 (result to be seen in the middle column). In the right column, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.
The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed here. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.