Thursday, May 19, 2011
Where in the World Was this Photo Taken??
This is an HDR image, created with 5 exposures (-2 to +2). Processing in Photomatix with the typical settings, at least typical for me...Light smoothing at around 8, microsmoothing cranked all the way to the left. Microcontrast at around 6 and Luminosity at around 5, color saturation at 60, and of course, strength at 100. Always set strength at 100. Then, I brought the tone mapped image in Photoshop along with the 5 exposures. I fixed the ghosted of the people walking up the stairs by masking them in from another exposure. I also masked in (at 25% opacity) some of the original ceiling as the tone mapped ceiling looked dirty. Don't you hate how HDR processing can make walls and ceilings look dirty? I find that very frustrating, but when it happens, always clean it up in Photoshop by finding the exposure that most closely matches the tones/light of the tone mapped image and use that exposure to mask in the area of the image that looks dirty. Anyways, back to the above image. I increased the saturation of the tiled floor to bring out the red tones. After Photoshop, I opened the image up in Topaz Labs and used the Photo Drama filter. Then, I ran the image through Phototools and used the Brian's TKO filter as well as the Color Boost filter. I then brought it back to Photoshop and Dodged some light across the floor in the foreground. Viola. Cheers!!