St. John’s Co-Cathedral - Valletta, Malta (HDR Vertorama)
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The story of this photo:
This is St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. I had my monopod with me to avoid very high ISO values. After a few shots, a lady came up to me and said “No tripods, please!”. Being a smartass, I responded “This is not a tripod, madam.” I was pretty sure I had her on this. But she went “Ok, no stands, please!”. Would you believe it? I had to put it away and continue shooting handheld. Considering that the 12 shots for this vertorama were shot handheld with ISO 1600, I am reasonably pleased with the result.
I have a little bonus feature for you with this shot: I have uploaded a Making of-video. If you’re interested to see how it was created, go and have a look.
Take a look at my “HDR Cookbook”! It contains some more information on my techniques.
How it was stitched and tonemapped:
> Created 4 HDRs (32 bit) using Photomatix version 3.1
> Stitched the 4 HDRs using Photoshop saved in OpenEXR format
> Tonemapped resulting panorama HDR using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
> Saved as 16bit TIF
> Take a look here for a more detailed description.
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 [details]
> Global Levels layer (corrected contrast)
> Global saturation layer (increased master and reds)
> Saturation layer to enhance the green tones on the canopy
> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
> Sharpening using Smart Sharpen filter
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