Baldacchino di San Pietro (HDR Vertorama)

Baldacchino di San Pietro – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican (HDR Vertorama)

Baldacchino di San Pietro (HDR Vertorama)

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The story of this photo

This was shot in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (Rome). St. Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites. This place is humbling. It is 220 m (730 feet) long, 150 m (500 feet) wide and 138 m (452 feet)) high. The dome that you see here has a diameter of 42 m (137.7 feet). The basilica was built between 1506 and 1626.

The part of the basilica that you see here was designed and built by Michelangelo. The pavilion-like structure (called “St. Peter’s baldachin” – “Baldacchino di San Pietro” in Italian) was entirely made from bronze by Gianlorenzo Bernini. It is 30 m (98 feet) tall and is claimed to be the largest piece of bronze in the world. [information taken from Wikipedia]

When you look at these numbers, you may get a feel for how great this place is. If you ever have the chance, you should go there! However, in July and August, you may find that you are not entirely alone there… if you know what I mean! 😉

How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • Created 4 HDRs (32 bit) using Photomatix version 3.1
  • Stitched the 4 HDRs using Photoshop and saved in OpenEXR format
  • Tonemapped resulting panorama HDR using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF
  • Take a look here for a more detailed description.

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop [details]
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
  • Topaz Denoise [details]
  • Saturation layer on the ceiling (yellows and reds)
  • Saturation layer on the ceiling (blues)
  • Saturation layer on the golden parts (yellows and reds)
  • Saturation layer on the baldachin (yellows and reds)
  • Vibrance layer on the baldachin (enhancing the bronze shine)
  • Levels layer on the baldachin (brightening)
  • Levels layer on the marble (brightening)
  • Sharpening using the smart sharpen filter [details]
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