Thursday, May 10, 2012

Drama in the sky - before and after

Move the mouse over the image to see the before

Today we have tried 2 different HDR soft's and Photoshop HDR Pro to see who is better in aligning of the exposures. After many tests, we concluded that Photomatix is the best.
In today's post we only show you the before (actually all 3 exposures used) and after image.
We took this 3 exposures few weeks ago at Hillerød, of course around sunset. We were lucky that day, because the sky was dramatic with beautiful colours.
We merged 3 exposures (-2,0,+2) with Photomatix, tone-mapped with a very light custom preset (with few differences from the Default one) and then post-processed with Color Efex Pro plug-in for Photoshop. This helped us to pop up the colours in the sky and bring back the details on the castle.
Here we used: Detail Extractor, Darken/Lighten Center, Glamour Glow, White Neutralizer, Skylight Filter, Bi-Color Filters and Graduated Neutral Density.
In Photoshop we used some adjustments layers: Channel Mixer, Color Balance, and Curves to make the sky bluish (we like it this way :D) and brighten up some areas. Finally, we straighten the resulted image, reduced noise with Topaz DeNoise and applied Unsharp Mask filter to sharpen the castle.

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