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The story of this photo
This is the catholic cathedral in Thira, Santorini. Santorini is a location that you must visit. It’s an island located in the southern Aegean Sea. The architecture is very characteristic, held in white and blue mostly. We found this church when we left the touristic main stream routes.
How it was shot
- Handheld [details]
- Six exposures (+2EV to -3EV in steps of 1EV) semi-autobracketed [details]
- Camera: Nikon D7000
- Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
- Details can be found here
How it was tonemapped
- Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
- Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
- Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix
- 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
- Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
- Selective editing of almost all areas of the image to bring out the nice color contrasts. I will not list all of them here because it would be somewhat boring. The essence of any of these selective editing steps is to select and mask the area and then apply adjustment layers to that area until the desired look comes out. Watch the making-of video to see more details.
- Global saturation layer (master)
- Global levels layer (contrast – masked to preserve highlights)
- Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
- Watermarking [details]