Via Krupp – Capri, Italy (HDR Vertorama)

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The story of this photo

This HDR Vertorama shows the view from August’s Garden on Capri (island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, Italy). The winding path in the lower part of the picture is the Via Krupp. This path was commissioned by the German industrialist, Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the early 1900’s. In the middle of the picture you see the bay of Marina Piccola.

The view from this spot is breathtaking. I tried my best to recreate the impression I had in that very moment. But I guess I had to fail. The landscape and the Mediterranean Sea have incredible shapes and colors there. Another spot, that I can only recommend visiting when you ever get to this area.

How it was shot

How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • Created 3 HDRs (32 bit) using Photomatix version 3.1
  • Stitched the 3 HDRs using Photoshop saved in OpenEXR format
  • Tonemapped resulting panorama HDR using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF
  • Take a look here for a more detailed description.

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Distortion correction and cropping
  • Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
  • Saturation layer on the rocks (slight desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the rocks (increasing the contrast in different areas)
  • Saturation layer on the vegetation (yellows and reds)
  • Saturation layer on the water (cyans)
  • Levels layer on the sky (slight darkening)
  • Levels layer on the sky to even out uneven luminance resulting from the tonemapping (used inverted green channel luminance as the mask)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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