Friday, May 20, 2011
A Rainy New York Night
This is an HDR image that was created from 5 exposures, -2 to +2. Tone mapped in Photomatix, of course. Pretty conservative settings were used in Photomatix, as usual. For example, light smoothing was set high, at around 80. Post processing was done in Photoshop. The most challenging aspect to this image was fixing the extreme ghosting of the Taxi and getting rid of the light trails that resulted from the longer exposures. To do this, I choose the exposure that best matched the tone mapped version in terms of lighting, color, and tone. I adjusted that exposure to match even more closely then placed in directly under the tone mapped layer. I added a layer mask to the tone mapped layer and masked out the light trails and masked in the taxi. Hue/Saturation was fixed to reduce the redness of the tone mapped version. Levels...Curves...viola! Cheers!!