Long Tail (HDR)

Long Tail (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!

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.

How it was shot

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]
  • Watermarking
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