Place du Carrousel – Paris, France (HDR)

Place du Carrousel (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 revisited the shots from our Paris trip last year and found a bracketed series of shots of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which is positioned in front of the Louvre. I decided to process it and share it with you.

This is one of the rare night HDRs you will find in my stream. I love night shots with great lighting. However, I still have a hard time getting used to carrying around a tripod. I have bought a real light-weight carbon tripod to increase the likelihood of me actually taking it with me. And yet, I still feel that I have a lot more freedom and I am a lot faster without it, getting more shots from more angles. As a result, I have developed some skills of shooting hand-held in low-light conditions, something that comes in handy in churches where tripod are forbidden. Still, I have to get used to using the tripod more often.

BTW, you can find a shot of this place in day light here. This earlier shot was one of my very first uploads to flickr. Go and visit it! It may feel a bit lonesome on the very last page of my stream. 🙂

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • HDR creation and tonemapping using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (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 on the entire image [details]
  • Topaz Infocus for sharpening
  • Levels layer on the sky (darkening)
  • Curves layer on the arch to enhance the contrast
  • Saturation layer on the arch (master / yellows)
  • Black fill layer on the arch masked with the in verted blue channel (contrast enhancement)
  • Levels layer on the black elements of the rach (darkening)
  • Saturation layer on the horses (master)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking
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