Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)

Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)

The story of this photo

Take a look at the Before-and-after comparison for this image

Take a look at the Before-and-after comparison for this image

Floating into the Bosporus towards Istanbul with a cruise ship is an amazing experience. What a city this is. Unfortunately, we had not-so-nice weather with quite heavy rain and low-hanging clouds. But still, this is a great place. But there is something good in every bad thing: The rain actually contributed to this night panorama by making the deck of you ship nice and shiny.

This is a HDR panorama composed of 30 exposures showing a portion of our ship in the Istanbul harbor.


How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • CA reduction and white balance correction in ACR
  • Saved the images as TIFFs
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
  • Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix (Details Enhancer option)
  • Stitched the 10 tone-mapped TIFFs using Photoshop

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 Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the water (blue, cyan)
  • Curves layer on the water (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the ship (red, yellow)
  • Global saturation and levels layers (fine tuning colors and contrast)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking [details]

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3 Comments on "Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)"

6 years 1 month ago

nice text & pictures.
Thank you.

5 years 11 months ago

Very much appreciate your knowledge and trying to learn from it .Although some pictures are simply stunning,some,as picture above leaves me cold,it is HDR way overboard though I understand that most of the viewers will like it….