The Wormhole (Exposure Fusion)

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!

The next best thing to using The Transporter for doing your traveling through spacetime is a wormhole, as you probably all know. I think they say that using a wormhole is like taking a roller coaster ride while you are on LSD, neither of which I particularly fancy, by the way. Even better still: You never quite know where you end up, and chances are, you might get crushed by the G-forces. Well, I guess there is no such thing as a free lunch, right?

I discovered this wormhole on the AIDAbella cruise ship. After doing the meticulous wood work on the floor, there was too little time left to set up a tripod. So I took the shot handheld. As a result, this is a bit more blurry than my usual standard. After having thrown every piece of sharpening software at it that was available to me, I am still far from happy with the quality. Nevertheless, since I like the colors and the light here and since it complements my previous upload nicely, I decided to post it anyway. But don’t look to closely. And if you do, please do not put me on your black-list for blurry-picture-posters. 😉

By the way. The door at the end of this corridor takes you right here.

How it was shot

How it was (tonemapped)

  • No tonemapping and no HDR here! I used the exposure fusion feature of Photomatix Pro 4.0 since it produces less noise.
  • Saved as 16bit TIF

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Slight perspective correction and cropping
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
  • Topaz Denoise [details]
  • Topaz Infocus to rescue a bit of sharpness
  • Levels layer on the floor (more contrast)
  • Curves layer on the blue parts (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the blue parts (master)
  • Saturation layer on the arches (slight desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the arches (slight brightening)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking
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