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Gondoliers Steering Their Gondolas Through The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy :: HDR

Gondoliers Steering Their Gondolas Through The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy :: HDR

As most of you may have noticed, my hdr processing has been rather mild for quite a few years already. Therefore if I happened to overprocess one, it will most probably be quite prominent 🙂 This photo is 1 good example and has been processed a notch more than I normally do to make it look like a painting. Not that I remembered why I did it 😛 however I believe I must have been very inspired by all the artworks I have seen of Venice when I was there 😀

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Gondoliers Steering Their Gondolas Through The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

The Shot

3 exposure shots (+2..0..-2 EV) in RAW taken handheld from bridge

Camera :: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens :: Canon 17-40mm F/4.0L

Photomatix

– Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option

Photoshop

– Added 2 layer mask effect of ‘curves’ for selective contrast
– Added 1 layer mask effect of ‘levels’ for selective brightness
– Added 1 layer mask effect of ‘saturation’ (reds & yellows) to tone down the buildings
– Added 1 layer mask effect of ‘saturation’ (reds) to tone down people
– Added 2 layer mask effect of ‘saturation’ (blues) to slightly lighten the sky and desaturate the gondolas
– Added 1 layer mask effect of ‘saturation’ (cyans) to slightly tone down the water

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