Izmir Harbor (HDR)

Izmir Harbor (HDR)

Download the source exposures of this HDR image and test your processing skills.

The story of this photo

Where this was shot

This image was shot from a cruise ship in the harbor of Izmir, Turkey. On this day, the weather conditions were changing so quickly that we had blue sky in one minute and pouring rain the next. Fortunately, when we arrived, the weather was basically fine, and we had a few clouds. This made this shot more interesting.

I know that the purists and those that like more natural HDR images may be turned off by the colors of the water. I am not going to pretend that this was actually the color of the water when I was there. But that is actually what Topaz Adjust gave me when I played with the adjustments. I went on processing the image, pushing it a bit into that ‘green’ direction. Then I thought that this may turn off many people, and I started thinking about changing it to something the was closer to the original (dull) color. Now, if you are serious with your art, that should be the point where you say: ‘Wait a minute! I’m about to produce something just because more people may like it???’ I decided against the change and went with the version I liked most.

Izmir Harbor (HDR) - Dynamic Before-and-After: See the effects of HDR processing by sliding back and forth between the HDR version and the original exposure

Izmir Harbor (HDR) – Dynamic Before-and-After: See the effects of HDR processing by sliding back and forth between the HDR version and the original exposure

What can you take away from this little story? Don’t let the taste of other people influence you too much. Do what you like and what you are passionate about. That’s the best way to find your audience and to stay authentic.

How it was shot

Download the source exposures of the HDR image 'Izmir Harbor' and test your processing skills!

Do you want to try processing this image for yourself? Go ahead and download the source files here!

How it was tonemapped

  • CA reduction and white balance correction on all source exposures in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Saved the 6 images as TIFFs
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
  • Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix (Details Enhancer option)

How it was post-processed


Go to the before-and-after page of this image

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Retoucing to remove dust spots
  • Topaz Adjust to get back the details and the colors [details]
  • Topaz Infocus (sharpening)
  • Curves layer on the water (more contrast for a more reflective look)
  • Saturation layer on the water (master)
  • Saturation layer on the blue parts in the sky (master)
  • Saturation layer on the clouds (desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the clouds (fine-tune contrast)
  • Levels layer on the buildings (more contrast and brightness)
  • Levels layer on the mountains in the back (darkening)
  • Saturation layer on the mountains (slight desaturation)
  • Global saturation and levels layer for global fine-tuning
  • Slight vignette effect [details]
  • Watermarking [details]

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33 Comments on "Izmir Harbor (HDR)"

6 years 2 months ago

Truly amazing work.

6 years 2 months ago

In general, I like this image very much. But I’m distracted by the perspective distortion on the left side of the image, particularly the blue and white building. Seems that it would be easy to fix in Lens Correction. However, “Don’t let the taste of other people influence you too much.” 😉

6 years 2 months ago

Hi Klaus!… It looks awesome this image man!… But i have to tell, that when i saw the before and after, i think the water looks a little “fake” or little far from the reality. Everytime i see great pictures, my first feeling is” i wanna go there so badly, is amazing and beautiful”. If i would go there, and realized that the water is all darksish, and non blueish at all, i would feel disappointed.

Dont hate me please:-(. I really do love they way you treat each image, and I owe you all i have learnt so far!

6 years 2 months ago

I’ve been to Izmir last year, where are you to get that angle of view? Stunning.

6 years 2 months ago

I think all large bodies of water should look like that, Klaus. Clean, pristine, warm (I know, warmth is not a vision sense but you get the feel of it) and inviting. And I love the idea that if water is ugly, flat and dull,one now has the ability to play little god and “fix” it oneself. It’s all beautiful, Klaus.