Merano Panorama – Merano, Italy (HDR)

Merano Panorama (HDR)

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 shot this panorama of the beautiful Etsch Valley (Valle dell’Adige) in South Tyrol, Italy last year on a hiking trip. It was shot from the south side of the Mutspitze Mountain. Merano, the most notable city in this area, is shown to the lower middle of the shot. As you can see, this is a wonderful place to do a lot of hiking in the mountains and to see some wonderful nature.

How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • Created 4 HDRs (32 bit) using Photomatix version 3.1
  • Stitched the 4 HDRs using Photoshop; saved them in OpenEXR format
  • Tonemapped resulting panorama HDR using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF
  • Take a look here for a more detailed description.

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]
  • Saturation and levels layer on the valley (tuning master and reds and some brightening)
  • Levels layer on the sky to brighten it
  • Saturation layer on the cloud to the right to desaturate it a bit
  • Global saturation and curves layer to fine tune colors and contrast
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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