Long Tail (HDR)
The story of this photo
One thing that I have learned about creating HDR images is that “time is a great advisor”. – Watch out! I am in a Zen mood today! – LOL
I regularly go through my archives looking for shots that I have neglected for one reason or another so far. With experience comes a change in the way you look at older shots, and sometimes you discover something that you would not have seen a few months before and you bring that out in post-processing. This is one of those photos.
It was shot in the Phang Nga area in Thailand just before we got onto that boat to take a tour to the James Bond Rock and Ko Panyi.
How it was shot
- Handheld [details]
- 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
- Details can be found here
How it was tone-mapped
- HDR created from the 3 JPEGs
- Tone-mapping: Photomatix Pro 4.0 (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 (less aggressively on the sky) [details]
- Topaz Denoise on the entire image (more aggressively on the sky) [details]
- Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
- Saturation layer on the water (master, yellows)
- Curves layer on the water to enhance the reflective look
- Saturation layer on the sky (master, blues)
- Levels layer on the sky (increased contrast)
- Topaz Detail on the sky to bring out the details in the clouds
- Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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