Grandmaster’s Palace – Valletta, Malta (HDR)

The story of this photo

The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, Malta was erected in 1571. It was one of the first buildings in Valletta, founded by Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette. This is a beautiful and colorful place well worth visiting.

Processing this shot was a little bit of a struggle. The Sigma 10-20mm lens has a tendency to overexpose in some situations. Knowing this, I tried to compensate it by setting the exposure bias to -1ev. This particular shot turned out too dark as a consequence. Stupid me! Together with the ISO 800 setting, this resulted in rather burry areas. I had a go at processing it anyway, and I hope it’s not too bad. But don’t look too closely!

… I said don’t! 😉

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: Developed the RAW files in ACR mainly for CA correction [details]
  • HDR created with Photoshop CS4
  • Tonemapped using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF

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 (more aggressive in some areas with high noise) [details]
  • Saturation layer on the grey marble on the floor (desaturation)
  • Photo filter (yellow) of the grey marble on the floor (very slightly)
  • Saturation layers on all the yellow and red elements (increased master)
  • Saturation layer on the walls (desaturation)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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