Yo! Taxi! (HDR)

Yo! Taxi! (HDR)

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!

In Berlin you will see these horse carriages as in every other city on this globe with a bit of history. They are not good if you want to get somewhere fast, of course! 😉

I did not really think that this shot would turn out very good because the contrast was very high and three hand-held shots appeared not to be sufficient. Now, I like it because of that nice evening sun and the warm colors. Hope you like it too! 🙂

The post processing was actually comparably easy on this shot. Apart from some retouch work to remove small but ugly pieces of trash on the ground and a few sun flares, there are no selective adjustments anywhere – just global tone and color adjustments.

How it was shot

How it was tone-mapped

  • 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
  • Tone-mapping: 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 (more aggressively on the sky) [details]
  • Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Some retouch (removed lens flare and small pieces of trash on the ground)
  • Global levels layer (increased contrast, brightening)
  • Global saturation layer (master)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking
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