Rien ne va plus! (HDR)

Rien ne va plus! (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!

This is another interior shot from the AIDAbella cruise ship – the casino! Did you know that they are only allowed to open the casino once the ship has reached international waters? Anyway, I did not gamble on that trip! In fact, my first and only gambling experience was in Las Vegas where I played some poker. After a few hands I lost big time. I had a full house and my opponent had four sixes. Can you believe that??? Normally this only happens in Hollywood movies. This time it happened to me. To make things worse, that guy won an additional 100 Dollars for making the best hand in that hour with his quad sixes. Duhhh…

I borrowed the original idea for that kind of watermarking from Ryan Eng. I think it’s a brilliant idea to integrate the watermark into the photo. Ryan, if you happen to read this, I hope this is ok with you.

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: Developed the RAW files in ACR mainly for CA correction [details]
  • HDR creation using Photoshop (better alignment of source photos)
  • Tonemapping using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF

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 (more aggressively on the ceiling) [details]
  • Saturation layer on the floor (yellows, reds)
  • Levels layer on the floor (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the chairs (master, yellows)
  • Saturation layer on the ceiling (master)
  • Saturation layer on the tables (slight desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the tables (slight darkening)
  • Vignette effect on the lower half of the photo using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

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