Ethnographic Museum – Budapest, Hungary (HDR Vertorama)

Ethnographic Museum (HDR Vertorama)

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!

I just came back from a short vacation today. As I came back, I decided to finally finish this image. Somehow, I was not happy with it before I left. So I decided to let it rest. When I looked at it today, there was not much I could change. So, I figured it was finished. Maybe I am too hard on myself here. Judge for yourself. By the way, I wrote about letting your images rest in my latest HDR Cookbook recipe about “Why you need an artistic workflow”. Take a look!

This images was shot in the Ethnographic Museum in Budapest. It was a hot and sunny day, and everyone was either taking a nice bath or they were visiting the parliament building right across the street. So, I was virtually alone.


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How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]
  • Saved the images as TIFs
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
  • Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix
  • Stitched the 5 tone-mapped TIFs using Photoshop

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 on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the ceiling (desaturation)
  • Saturation layer on the painting (master)
  • Curves layer on the painting (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the golden ornaments (master)
  • Curves layer on the golden ornaments (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the pillars (desaturation)
  • Saturation layer on the gray part of the floor (desaturation)
  • Curves layer on the floor (more contrast)
  • Global saturation and levels layers (fine tuning colors and contrast)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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