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photoblog image Late Night Metro in Paris

Late Night Metro in Paris


Image taken in the RER metro line in Paris. I was lucky that it was almost empty. Only one person was sitting behind me. The metro was riding at that moment.


TECH-INFO: I took 5 JPGs, while riding. I did not use any tripod but instead I have attached my camera on such island on a pole, which you can see in the middle of the image. So my camera made the same kind of vibrations as the riding metro. The longest exposure is 1/3 second.
As most of my images I first used DxO Optics Pro for lens corrections, merged them into a HDR file, tone-mapped it with Photomatix Pro and finally enhanced contrasts and colors in Photoshop. This is done using various layers of the selective color tool, curves tool and blending them in screen or multiply mode to brighten or darken the image. The effect is very similar as dodging and burning but you have much more control. The image is partly desaturated using the B/W tool (set on an opacity of 50%). I think its better than just dragging the saturation down because you can control the effect on colors like yellow, red, blue and others.
To avoid too long exposures I have set my aperture on f/5.6. The focus distance is 1.5m, this causes sharp seats in the front but a rather unsharp zone at the end of the metro. I sharpened that zone using a high pass filter on the copy of the image (set a radius of 5.1 pixels) and blended it in soft light mode with the original image. Then I painted on the layer mask of the high pass filter so that only the center of the image is sharpened, not the front, window reflections or parts containing more noise. I'm pretty happy with the result. Finally some rectangular shaped vignetting is added.

Late Night Metro in Paris


Image taken in the RER metro line in Paris. I was lucky that it was almost empty. Only one person was sitting behind me. The metro was riding at that moment.


TECH-INFO: I took 5 JPGs, while riding. I did not use any tripod but instead I have attached my camera on such island on a pole, which you can see in the middle of the image. So my camera made the same kind of vibrations as the riding metro. The longest exposure is 1/3 second.
As most of my images I first used DxO Optics Pro for lens corrections, merged them into a HDR file, tone-mapped it with Photomatix Pro and finally enhanced contrasts and colors in Photoshop. This is done using various layers of the selective color tool, curves tool and blending them in screen or multiply mode to brighten or darken the image. The effect is very similar as dodging and burning but you have much more control. The image is partly desaturated using the B/W tool (set on an opacity of 50%). I think its better than just dragging the saturation down because you can control the effect on colors like yellow, red, blue and others.
To avoid too long exposures I have set my aperture on f/5.6. The focus distance is 1.5m, this causes sharp seats in the front but a rather unsharp zone at the end of the metro. I sharpened that zone using a high pass filter on the copy of the image (set a radius of 5.1 pixels) and blended it in soft light mode with the original image. Then I painted on the layer mask of the high pass filter so that only the center of the image is sharpened, not the front, window reflections or parts containing more noise. I'm pretty happy with the result. Finally some rectangular shaped vignetting is added.

comments (17)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Feb 2010, 00:59
amazing on a moving bus Paul
you should be very proud of this photo Paul, its fabulous, top marks.
Great metallic, graphic art feel to it smile
Hdr très bien réussi; la perspective est belle, la compo parfaite. Bref: super photo!
You have put a lot of work into this Paul which has paid off, it is a very good image indeed.
superb Paul.
  • Dustin
  • United States
  • 7 Feb 2010, 18:54
Good one. The HDR serves this one really well.
Excelente captura
A grand image Paul, and I do agree about the method of desaturation, it does give great control over just how the colours work. Nice one.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Feb 2010, 05:48
Impressive. Good result
great feel to this one
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2010, 14:14
Great shot. Thanks for sharing the tech info.
We've entered a grand new landscape, Paul. I can see a time, not too distant, when our cameras will expose and merge into HDR files all in their computers, leaving us to do the creative tonemapping. Well seen and so finely crafted - congrats!
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 8 Feb 2010, 21:40
Very awesome image! The treatment is also cool. Is it normally that empty?
  • Pierro
  • France
  • 10 Feb 2010, 10:42
What a great picture. Thanks for sharing your technics. Very well done
  • faisal
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2010, 17:15
Looks like a still from a video game.
Great depth, textures and colour.

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camera NIKON D200
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/13s
aperture f/5.6
sensitivity ISO400
focal length 12.0mm
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