Wat Phra Phutthabat – Phra Phutthabat, Thailand (HDR)

The story of this photo

I went into my archives and processed one of my Thailand shots from earlier this year, just for a little change from the re-occurring church vertoramas. 🙂

This is Wat Phra Phutthabat. I am sure, all of you know that place… well, but then again, maybe not 😉 This is famous for hosting a footprint of Buddha. So some day, Buddha obviously came here and left a 5 feet long footprint. Talking about filling someone’s shoes, this could be difficult here! 😉 Nowadays, it is believed that throwing money into the footprint brings you good luck – yeah, right, what else? Apparently, Buddha himself is coming down every day to get the money and buy… mhhh, what could he be buying with it???

No seriously, of course the monks get the money and use it to maintain the temple, which is perfectly fine!

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: Developed the RAW files in ACR mainly for CA correction [details]
  • HDR created from the three RAW files with Photoshop
  • Tonemapped with Photomatix version 3.1 (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 [details]
  • Saturation layer on the sky (blues)
  • Saturation layer on the white temple (slight desaturation)
  • Saturation layer on the plants (yellows)
  • Levels layer on the plants (slight brightening)
  • Saturation layer on the shadows (toned down the blues)
  • Levels layer on the sky (slight brightening)
  • Levels layer on the sky to even out uneven luminance resulting from the tonemapping (used inverted red channel luminance as the mask)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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