LightningPaul

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photoblog image Under the Grande Arche

Under the Grande Arche


Shot in Paris, La Defense, while standing under the Grande Arche. It's an amazing piece of architecture and art. I took many shots of different angles. Here's another one.


TECH-INFO: the contrast was a bit too high for my camera so I took 3 images for converting them into a HDR file (first DxO Optics Pro for lens corrections then Photoshop for merging) and tone-mapping (with Photomatix Pro). I was not after some surreal or edgy effect, just to get the image without overexposed parts. In Photoshop I gave it slightly a softer look. Therefore I blurred a copy of the image (Gaussian blur radius 35 pix) and blended it for 45%. By painting on the mask I applied the effect at the side wings and the image borders. The latter simulates the effect of lens softness seen at the borders and corners. Perhaps a bit strange because I initially removed all lens defects with DxO. It's like mineral water you buy in bottles: they take any kind of (clean) water, remove all non-water elements to get pure water and finally they add the right mix of salts to obtain the taste of a certain brand.
Regarding the blurred copy of the background image, I actually did not make a copy but converted it into a smart object so that I can re-apply and change the blur effect as much as I want. Smarts objects are a fantastic way to let you experiment in a non destructive way with filter and plug-ins. Unfortunately many filter and plug-in suppliers don't implement this functionality always well.

Under the Grande Arche


Shot in Paris, La Defense, while standing under the Grande Arche. It's an amazing piece of architecture and art. I took many shots of different angles. Here's another one.


TECH-INFO: the contrast was a bit too high for my camera so I took 3 images for converting them into a HDR file (first DxO Optics Pro for lens corrections then Photoshop for merging) and tone-mapping (with Photomatix Pro). I was not after some surreal or edgy effect, just to get the image without overexposed parts. In Photoshop I gave it slightly a softer look. Therefore I blurred a copy of the image (Gaussian blur radius 35 pix) and blended it for 45%. By painting on the mask I applied the effect at the side wings and the image borders. The latter simulates the effect of lens softness seen at the borders and corners. Perhaps a bit strange because I initially removed all lens defects with DxO. It's like mineral water you buy in bottles: they take any kind of (clean) water, remove all non-water elements to get pure water and finally they add the right mix of salts to obtain the taste of a certain brand.
Regarding the blurred copy of the background image, I actually did not make a copy but converted it into a smart object so that I can re-apply and change the blur effect as much as I want. Smarts objects are a fantastic way to let you experiment in a non destructive way with filter and plug-ins. Unfortunately many filter and plug-in suppliers don't implement this functionality always well.

comments (6)

Amazing picture. I love Idea and tint.
amazing stricture and image of it Paulsmile
Fascinating image, Paul.
What a great mix of shapes and angles.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 Apr 2010, 23:51
Great work Paul
Great lights! You deserve your nickname wink
LightningPaul: Thanks Elisa smile

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camera NIKON D200
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/100s
aperture f/11.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 12.0mm
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