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photoblog image A View of Brugge from Europa College

A View of Brugge from Europa College


A lovely view of the old city Brugge, in Belgium. Made during the visit at Europa College.


TECH-INFO: I used a tripod to shoot 7 images. The dynamic range was pretty high. After RAW converting and lens correcting in DxO Optics I merged them into a HDR file. It was tone mapped in Photomatix Pro and afterwards processed in Photoshop.
In the latter program I enhanced contrasts (something which you normally always must do after tone-mapping). On the sky I applied a gradual neutral density filter effect. I didn't put it fully horizontal because the sun was coming from the right. While enhancing the image I noticed that the colors of the reflections in the water were nice: at the left more blue at the right orange. I amplified the effect using a cooling and warming filter. Finally on top of one of the windows was a label "On Sale" hanging. That was pretty disturbing. Most people and almost all Photography magazines I have read advice the use the clone stamp (in Photoshop). I tried it again but it's so hard to do it right. In fact it doesn't work for me. Instead I made a selection, which is a bit bigger than the label, of the neighbor window. I feather my selection for 5 pixels, to prevent hard edges. Then I copy the selection to a new layer. At the end I move the copied window (with some surrounding wall) over the label. Very easy, very fast, very good result. I call it plastic surgery (perhaps better: pixel surgery)


A View of Brugge from Europa College


A lovely view of the old city Brugge, in Belgium. Made during the visit at Europa College.


TECH-INFO: I used a tripod to shoot 7 images. The dynamic range was pretty high. After RAW converting and lens correcting in DxO Optics I merged them into a HDR file. It was tone mapped in Photomatix Pro and afterwards processed in Photoshop.
In the latter program I enhanced contrasts (something which you normally always must do after tone-mapping). On the sky I applied a gradual neutral density filter effect. I didn't put it fully horizontal because the sun was coming from the right. While enhancing the image I noticed that the colors of the reflections in the water were nice: at the left more blue at the right orange. I amplified the effect using a cooling and warming filter. Finally on top of one of the windows was a label "On Sale" hanging. That was pretty disturbing. Most people and almost all Photography magazines I have read advice the use the clone stamp (in Photoshop). I tried it again but it's so hard to do it right. In fact it doesn't work for me. Instead I made a selection, which is a bit bigger than the label, of the neighbor window. I feather my selection for 5 pixels, to prevent hard edges. Then I copy the selection to a new layer. At the end I move the copied window (with some surrounding wall) over the label. Very easy, very fast, very good result. I call it plastic surgery (perhaps better: pixel surgery)


comments (12)

*i miss belgium*
i should go to brugge when i'll come back smile
  • Dustin
  • United States
  • 3 Feb 2010, 04:48
Strange about the water...to the left of the bridge it's blue and to the right of it, it's quite a different color entirely. At first I thought it was dirt on the right side and it really put a twist in my brain.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 07:56
Great work Paul, the water colour variation is quite strange though
the water and bridge look like it is painted
its a beautiful city Brugge, been a couple of times, love the square there
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Feb 2010, 12:33
I must return to this wonderful place one day
It looks almost like a toy town, Paul. Thanks for the tech note - very useful.
It appears that you were quite highly elevated when you shot this one, Paul. Almost seems if you could come in for a landing on the bridge. Nice treatment.
I've only been here once and it rained all day. There certainly doesn't seem to be many visitors about.
Wow! I love the big sky in this shot. That really adds to the photo. It looks like quite a beautiful place and I really like the light and shadows here. nicely done!
Excellent compo. Like a doll village...
  • Luis
  • Mexico City
  • 4 Feb 2010, 07:45
Wow; so crisp, colorful and well composed...and the way the light falls as well as the clouds in the background that cooperated to adorn the chapel...love what's going on here.

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sensitivity ISO200
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