The Docks – Palermo, Italy (HDR)

The Docks (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 was shot as we slowly floated into the harbor of Palermo, Italy on the AIDAbella cruise ship. When I was shooting this, I was bracketing the shot as usual. But I did not think that I would get these shots aligned properly as there was a parallax effect since I was moving. I was quite surprised that Photomatix somehow managed to cope with this. This is another proof for my most important rule: Always bracket, no matter what! 🙂

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 water, the sky and the rest of the photo with different strength [details]
  • Saturation layer on the sky (master)
  • Saturation layer on the clouds (slight desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the clouds (increase of contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the water (master)
  • Curves layer on the water (more contrast to enhance the reflective look)
  • Levels layer on the docks etc. (slight increase of contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the docks etc. (master)
  • Saturation layer on the foreground dock and some ships (slight desaturation)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter (different strengths on the water and on the rest of the photo) [details]
  • Watermarking
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