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Wat Phra Kaeo (Grand Palace) - Bangkok, Thailand (HDR)


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The story of this photo:
This shot was taken at the Grand Palace of Bangkok. This place is huge with a number of different temples inside. It is not that easy to find a spot at the palace that is not crowded, let alone a spot with no people at all. On this trip, I used my new Sigma 10-20mm for the first time and this was one of the first shots with it.

Take a look at my “HDR Cookbook”! It contains some more information on my techniques.

How it was shot:
> Handheld
> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR
> Camera: Nikon D90
> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM
> Details can be found here

How it was tonemapped:
> Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

How it was post-processed:
> Post-processing was done in Photoshop
> Created two layers for the sky and the rest for separate processing (using Topaz ReMask)
> Increased the blue tone in the sky
> Topaz DeNoise on the sky [details]
> Topaz Adjust on the rest of the image to enhance the details and the colors [details]
> Levels adjustment on the entire image to increase the contrast
> Saturation adjustment for a better color balance
> Sharpening on the buildings and the ground using the high-pass filter [details]

Any comments, feedback or criticisms are highly welcome! Thanks for viewing!


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