Prague Castle - Prague, Czech Republic (HDR)
Before and after
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The story of this photo:
This is a shot of the Prague castle that I took over a year ago. The castle is the dominating building of Prague. In the foreground you see the Vltava River (German: Moldau) and to the right is the famous Charles Bridge.
This was one of my first night HDR attempts. I did not do too many yet, though.
Take a look at my “HDR Cookbook”! It contains some more information on my techniques.
How it was shot:
> Camera put on a wall
> 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 tonemapped:
> Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
How it was post-processed:
> Post-processing was done in Photoshop
> Topaz Adjust on the entire image (except for the sky) to get back the colors and the details [details]
> Topaz Denoise [details]
> Levels layer on the water to decrease the brightness and increase the contrast
> Saturation layer on the buildings to increase the overall saturation a bit
> Blended in the sky of the original 0ev exposure to remove ugly halos and noise
> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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