As every Monday, today’s post will be again about one of my photos, and how it was edited. For today I chosen a photo from the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, so let’s take a look at it.

First here you have the final and the original photo. As you can see the difference between the bright and the dark areas in this one, was just huge.

Lost in the reflection
Lost in the reflection

 

So for this one, I had to take a little more exposures. As you can see I took 7, but I managed to take them a little more to the darker side than I wanted. But still I got enough information to work with. First I loaded them all into Lightroom, where I corrected the distortion, white balance and removed the chromatic aberrations.

Lost in the reflection
Lost in the reflection

 
From there I exported all the files as 16-bitt tiff files and combined them in Oloneo Photoengine. As it usually is, with white walls and very high dynamic range, the result was not the best, so it needed to be edited a lot more in Photoshop. So I loaded all the original exposures and the Photoengine result into Photoshop and continued from there. (Layers numbered from bottom up)

1. Oloneo Photoengine result
2. +2EV exposure, set to Lighten mode and 37% opacity, to recover the white parts of the image
3. 0EV exposure, set to Lighten, to brighten few more spots.
4. +2EV again, with a hand painted mask, to remove the ghosting from the reflection in the water. As the water was not completely still, there was a little movement between photos.
5. Merged layer, to remove few spots from the photo.
6. +1Ev exposure, with a hand painted mask, to recover parts of the center (they lost some contrast in the HDR merge)
7. Color Efex pro contrast, to get more detail in the photo
8-9. Added glow to the photo, to make the bright areas shine more
10. Color balance to make the photo a little warmer
11. A little more contrast to the shadow areas, to make them a little darker, as the photo looked too artificial.

And here you can see the Oloneo Photoengine result and a screenshot from Photoshop.

Lost in the reflection
Lost in the reflection

 
And that’s all I did with this image. To find out more on how I edit, check out the guides and before after categories on this blog, or check out my video tutorial series here:
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Five bridges

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Since I haven’t been to many locations recently (only Budapest) and the weather in Bratislava is horrible (and I’m sick actually :(), I thought I edit one of my older photos, that I haven’t posted yet. So for today, here is a view of a lot of bridges in Prague. There are 5 in total in this shot.

This is a HDR from 7 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.
Five bridges

Absinthe green

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At first I called this one “Just green” but then one of my friends noted, that he really like it because it is the color of Absinthe, so I changed it :) This is of course another photo from the St. Stephan’s fireworks in Budapest. I have few more ready, but each one in a different color. Something like a fireworks rainbow :)

This is a single RAW file, edited once in Lightroom, and second time in Oloneo Photoengine, put together in Photoshop.
Absinthe color

City in the background

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I don’t take credit for finding out this composition. I seen it from many photographers. But since I was there, I just could not resist and take it. It’s just a cool view :)

This was a little crazier photo to edit, as it was created from two series of exposures, one focused on the foreground and the second one focused on the city. From both series I created HDRs in Oloneo Photoengine, and then blended them, with some of the original exposures in Photoshop.
City in the background

Blue fireworks in the night sky

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book-previewI planed to share something different than fireworks today, but as I’m busy with a different work and since I edited few fireworks photos yesterday, here is one of them. And for those who missed it, you can get a free ebook I wrote exactly about taking photos of fireworks, and it can be found here.

This is a single RAW file, once edited in Oloneo Photoengine and once in Lightroom, blended in Photoshop.
Blue fireworks in the night sky