Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)

Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)

The story of this photo

Take a look at the Before-and-after comparison for this image

Take a look at the Before-and-after comparison for this image

Floating into the Bosporus towards Istanbul with a cruise ship is an amazing experience. What a city this is. Unfortunately, we had not-so-nice weather with quite heavy rain and low-hanging clouds. But still, this is a great place. But there is something good in every bad thing: The rain actually contributed to this night panorama by making the deck of you ship nice and shiny.

This is a HDR panorama composed of 30 exposures showing a portion of our ship in the Istanbul harbor.


How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • CA reduction and white balance correction in ACR
  • Saved the images as TIFFs
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [details]
  • Resulting TIFF images were then used as input to Photomatix (Details Enhancer option)
  • Stitched the 10 tone-mapped TIFFs using Photoshop

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 Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the water (blue, cyan)
  • Curves layer on the water (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the ship (red, yellow)
  • Global saturation and levels layers (fine tuning colors and contrast)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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3 replies
  1. Ivan
    Ivan says:

    Very much appreciate your knowledge and trying to learn from it .Although some pictures are simply stunning,some,as picture above leaves me cold,it is HDR way overboard though I understand that most of the viewers will like it….

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Ivan,

      Ok, fair enough! Not everybody can like every image. I am glad that you like some of my stuff, though. And I hope you will come back rgularly.

      Have fun!


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