Watch the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!
The story of this photo:
One thing that I have learned about creating HDR images is that “time is a great advisor”. – Watch out! I am in a Zen mood today! – LOL
I regularly go through my archives looking for shots that I have neglected for one reason or another so far. With experience comes a change in the way you look at older shots, and sometimes you discover something that you would not have seen a few months before and you bring that out in post-processing. This is one of those photos.
It was shot in the Phang Nga area in Thailand just before we got onto that boat to take a tour to the James Bond Rock and Ko Panyi.
Take a look at my “HDR Cookbook”! It contains some more information on my techniques.
How it was shot:
> Handheld [details]
> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR
> Camera: Nikon D90
> Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6G ED VR
> Details can be found here
How it was tone-mapped:
> HDR created from the 3 JPEGs
> 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 (less aggressively on the sky) [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 water (master, yellows)
> Curves layer on the water to enhance the reflective look
> Saturation layer on the sky (master, blues)
> Levels layer on the sky (increased contrast)
> Topaz Detail on the sky to bring out the details in the clouds
> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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