St. John’s Co-Cathedral – Valletta, Malta (HDR Vertorama)

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 is St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. I had my monopod with me to avoid very high ISO values. After a few shots, a lady came up to me and said “No tripods, please!”. Being a smartass, I responded “This is not a tripod, madam.” I was pretty sure I had her on this. But she went “Ok, no stands, please!”. Would you believe it? I had to put it away and continue shooting handheld. Considering that the 12 shots for this vertorama were shot handheld with ISO 1600, I am reasonably pleased with the result.

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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 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]
  • Global Levels layer (corrected contrast)
  • Global saturation layer (increased master and reds)
  • Saturation layer to enhance the green tones on the canopy
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using Smart Sharpen filter
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