Palermo Harbor – Palermo, Italy (HDR)

Palermo Harbor (HDR)

The story of this photo

Watch the Making-of video to see where this photo comes from

Watch the Making-of video to see where this photo comes from

This was shot in the harbor of Palermo in Italy. Floating into a harbor with a big cruise ship is an impressive experience. When this huge ship maneuvers into the harbor, it is usually very early in the morning and it is a quiet atmosphere. People standing on the railing and just watching. Some are, of course, taking photos. 😉

I had to make this from a pseudo HDR since the ship was moving which led to parallax effects. This is very hard to align and causes ghosting and blur.

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • 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]
  • Saturation layer on the mountain (master, yellows)
  • Levels layer on the mountain (increased contrast)
  • Photo filter on the water (Cooling Filter (82))
  • Photo filter on the water (cyan, just on the bottom part using a gradient mask)
  • Saturation layer on the sky (master to enhance the blue tones)
  • Levels layer on the clouds (slight increase in contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the quay and the harbor (yellows)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Selective sharpening on the clouds using the high-pass filter [details]
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