The Refuge (HDR Panorama)

The Refuge (HDR Panorama)

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This is the church close to the hotel where we spent our last vacation a couple of week ago. I got up early one morning (much to the surprise of my wife – lol) grabbed my pano gear and went there to get the right light. Just as the sun rose, the light was shining straight down center aisle. Perfect! Well, it would have been, but the church was still closed. It seems that god is not an early bird. ;-). When I finally got in, the symmetry in terms of light that I had planned for was gone. But it was still a nice sight. So, I took some panos and vertos. This is the first one.

I just realized that this is my first panorama upload in over a year. All the other stitched images where vertoramas. Well, this proves that I can still photography in horizontal direction. 😉


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 5 tone-mapped TIFFs using Photoshop

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Perspective correction using the transformation tools
  • Fixing some parallax errors manually (no-parallax point must have been inaccurate)
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details
  • Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the walls (desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the walls (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the ceiling (master)
  • Levels layer on the ceiling (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer for toning down the reds
  • Saturation and levels layers on the interior except for the walls and the ceiling (master and more contrast)
  • Masked the windows from all the adjustments to preserve the details
  • Saturation layer on the windows (master)
  • Global saturation and levels layers (fine tuning colors and contrast)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking [details]

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2 Comments on "The Refuge (HDR Panorama)"

coutard shooby
5 years 10 months ago

Love. Pictures

Sahito Abdul Razaque
5 years 10 months ago

very nice picture prepared & coloure is too high hence require the light colour in future.