La Dame de Fer (HDR)

La Dame de Fer (HDR)

The story of this photo

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

The Eiffel Tower was designed and built by the engineer Gustav Eiffel between 1887 and 1889 as a temporary structure for use as a wine rotunda at the Great Exposition (Expo) of 1900. The Parisians did not like it at all. They thought it was an ugly eyesore. Today, it is the most-visited paid monument in the world with 200,000,000 visitor since its opening day. The nickname of the tower is “La dame de fer” – the iron lady – for its unique iron construction. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. With 324 meters it still stands as the highest building in Paris today.

A personal tip: If you ever happen to visit the tower and there is a long queue of people waiting beneath it for the elevator, take the stairs at the south pillar. It’s faster and more interesting, and it gives you the feeling that you have earned your stay. ;-)

How it was shot

How it was tone-mapped

  • 32bit HDR images created from 3 JPEG files
  • Tone-mapping: Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
  • Topaz Denoise on the entire image (more aggressively on the sky) [details]
  • Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the greens in the foreground (master)
  • Levels layer on the greens in the foreground (brightening)
  • Levels layer on the trees (brightening)
  • Levels layer on the sky (increasing the black point until all the ugly HDR artifacts disappeared)
  • Global saturation and levels layer to fine-tune the image
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking
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