Candlelight (Exposure Fusion)

Candlelight (Exposure Fusion)

The story of this photo

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

German people like to put up signs of any sort. Wherever anybody has a say and thinks that anybody else may do something wrong, they make a sign and put it up, even in beautiful places like this. This makes such places more informative, but less beautiful. Well, ya can’t have everything, right?

I took this shoot in the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (German: Vierzehnheiligen) right after they made me put away my tripod. Well, ya can’t have everything! I shot this through an iron gate that was locked. So they put up the signs on the candle holder and to make absolutely sure the people obey it, they additionally locked the place. At least I was able to use the iron gate to support my camera. 🙂

I tried to make an HDR of the source shots. However, it refused to look good. So, I switched to an Exposure Fusion which gave a much better result. So this is one of the rare occasions where I am uploading a non-HDR shot. I hope you enjoy it nevertheless. 🙂

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
  • Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
  • Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix
  • Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Exposure Fusion)

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details
  • Topaz InFocus for sharpening
  • Curves layer on the floor (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the floor (toned down a bit)
  • Curves layer on the rest of the image (more contrast)
  • Photo filer layer and saturation layer on the rack (for warmer tones)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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