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

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.

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]
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