James Bond Rock – Phang Nga, Thailand (HDR)

James Bond Rock (HDR)

The story of this photo

This is the famous James Bond rock in the bay of Phang Nga, Thailand. This rock appeared in the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun” and has been a major tourist attraction ever since.

How it was shot

  • Handheld
  • Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR
  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6G ED VR

How it was tonemapped

  • Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz DeNoise on the entire image to give adjust a cleaner image to work with [details]
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to enhance the details and the colors [details]
  • Saturation adjustment layers on the water the sky and the rocks separately
  • Levels adjustment layers on the water the sky and the rocks separately
  • Tuned saturation and levels to harmonize the image
  • Reduced halos in the sky by blending in a levels adjustment layer with low gamma value [details]
  • A lot of detail corrections mostly by blending layers using layer masks
  • Sharpening on the foreground using the high-pass filter [details]
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