Up! (HDR Vertorama)

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!

I took this shot in a hotel in Budapest. Actually, I did not realize that this was a hotel until I looked it up in Google Maps a few minutes ago. Anyway, it was in the afternoon and the sun was shining in illuminating the ceiling in nice yellow tones. This was actually a part of a larger vertorama shot. However, when I stitched all the shots together, the overall composition was not really good. So I decided to use only a part of the scene. Therefore, this is a rather small vertorama. Nevertheless, it is one. 🙂

I almost forgot to mention that I was invited by Topaz Labs to contribute to their Pro Insight Blog section. You can find my article here: Integrating Topaz Adjust in your HDR Workflow. Accoring to the increase in traffic here and on the HDR Cookbook, quite a few people read it. I hope you find it useful too.


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How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • Created TIFFs from the RAW files in ACR – reducing CA [details] and setting the same white balance for each shot
  • Created additional exposures with -4EV and +4EV with ACR to control the highlights and shadows [details]
  • Created 3 tone-mapped images from the TIFF files using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved the images as 16bit TIFs
  • Stitched the 3 TIFs 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
  • Topaz Denoise (very lightly to remove the remaining noise) [details]
  • Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the ornaments and the wall in the upper part (desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the ornaments and the wall in the upper part (contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the balustrade (desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the balustrade (contrast)
  • Global saturation layer (master)
  • Levels layer on the middle part (brightening)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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