From Pole to Pole (HDR)

The story of this photo

I am going abstract today. No architecture, no landscape… just a sculpture and the sky. This sculpture is standing near the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany: Three rainbow-colored poles about 15-20 meters high. What I like in particular about this shot are the reflections. There are actually not three poles in the picture but seven!!! I leave the rest to your interpretation. Enjoy!

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
  • Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

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 [details]
  • Topaz Denoise [details]
  • Photo filter layer on the poles to reduce the blue cast and enhance the warm tones
  • Saturation layer on the poles (increased master and a bit of blue tones)
  • Levels layer on the poles to tune the brightness and the contrast
  • Levels layer on the sky (brightening mid tones), masked with the inverted blue channel to even out the luminance
  • Levels layer on the sky (general brightening)
  • Saturation layer on the sky to tune the blue tones
  • Halo reduction in the sky using a levels adjustment layer (gamma ~ 0.8) and delicate masking to blend this darker layer into those halo spots around the poles [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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