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HDR Cookbook – Before and After:Michelangelo’s Dome (HDR Vertorama)

Before-and-after comparison of a stitched HDR Vertorama image showing the interior of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, Rom

Michelangelo’s Dome – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican (HDR Vertorama) – Before and After (click to enlarge)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Michelangelo’s Dome – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican (HDR Vertorama)“. The final image was created from 6×3 RAW files (series of 6 autobracketed shots, +2, 0, -2ev) which you can see in the left three columns. These 18 source shots were merged into 6 32-bit HDRs with Photomatix Pro 3.2 which where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. After the stitching, the resulting 32-bit HDR panorama was cropped in Photoshop and then tone-mapped using the detail enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 3.2 (result to be seen in the middle column). In the right column, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed here. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

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2 replies
  1. Danelle
    Danelle says:

    hey there i had a question on your “vertorama” shots. in Michalangelo’s Dome, you took 18 shots. how were you able to take all of row 1 in 3 different exposures and have them all match up the same? meaning they are identical except for the exposure setting. does that question make sense? haha
    thank you!

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Danelle,

      thanks for the question! I think it does make sense. 🙂

      This is done using the autobracketing feature (present in most DSLRs) in combination with the AE/AF-lock button and a steady hand. Does that make sense? 😉

      Actually, I am currently preparing a detailed post on exactly this topic. I shall post it today or in the next couple of days. So, I would refer you to this post and ask you for a bit of patience. Stay tuned!



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