The Crab – Krabi, Thailand (HDR)

The Crab (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!

This sculpture is sitting at the shore of the Krabi River in Krabi Thailand. Unfortunately, I do not know who created it or whether it is there for a specific purpose. If anybody knows something about it, please write a comment. But beyond the cultural value of this piece of art, it makes a quite nice subject to photograph, especially lending itself for HDR processing. Enjoy!

How it was shot

  • Taken with a monopod
  • Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR
  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM

How it was tonemapped

  • Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Two versions with color temperature set to 0 (cold) and 5 (warm) (used for blending)

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to enhance the details and the colors [details]
  • Created two layers, one for the sky and one for the foreground (used layer masking)
  • Saturation adjustment layer on the sky (increased master for more intensive blue)
  • Saturation adjustment layers on the concrete to tone down the yellows
  • Saturation adjustment layers on the forrest o increase the green and yellow tones
  • Levels adjustment layers on the foreground and the sky to adjust the contrast separately
  • Blended small portions of the warm HDR into the cold one to get back the yellow shine on the crab
  • Topaz DeNoise on the sky and the foreground separately [details]
  • Sharpening on the foreground using the high-pass filter [details]
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