The State Dining Room (HDR)

The State Dining Room (HDR)

The story of this photo

This is the state dining room in the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valetta, Malta. Two beautiful chandeliers, a (comparably) small table and the portraits of all the former Maltese presidents and governors are the most notable features of this hall.

I hope that each of you is having a great holiday time and that Santa Claus brought you some cool Christmas presents. He sure did for me. I got so many new gadgets, I think I have to spend all of my holidays playing with them. 🙂

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
  • Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix
  • Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

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 on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the walls (desaturation)
  • Saturation layer on the copper ornaments in the ceiling (master)
  • Global saturation layer (master)
  • Curves layer on the floor (more contrast and enhancing the reflective look)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking
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