Category Archives: Birmingham

Another Tuesday, another process post. Today I chosen one where I did only a little edit, as I liked the photo quite a lot.

So to get this final photo:
Tunnel reflection in Birmingham

I fist imported the photos into Lightroom, cropped the image and corrected the white balance. Then I exported all the files into layers in Photoshop. There I did the following edits (numbered from bottom up)

1. 0EV exposure
2+3. -1EV and -2EV exposure to darken the middle part of the photo
4+5. +1EV and +2EV exposure to brighten the bricks of the tunel
6. added detail using the high pass filter
7. added contrast to the basic mid-tones (mask created using TK actions)
8. color balance for the center part, as it was too blue
9. curves adjustment for the center part, as it needed more contrast
10. added glow (check out my glow tutorial)

Tunnel-reflection-in-Birmingham-process

and that’s all. As you see, not every image needs a ton of layers :)
Continue to the full post to see the original 0EV exposure.

The Mailbox

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What a colorful reflection the Mailbox gives (Mailbox is a shopping center in Birmingham, UK). Usually you don’t get so much different colors in landscape and architectures shots. But as the Mailbox is red, I had a nice blue hour and the surrounding light were yellow and green, I got everything :)

This is a manual blend from 5 shots.
The Mailbox

St Martin’s Church

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Destination Prague

As usually each spring,  tomorrow I’m leaving for a few days trip to Prague. Prague is so beautiful and gives so many photo opportunities, that I like to return there quite often. So from next week, you can expect again new Prague photos on the blog :)

St Martin’s Church

There is a very nice balcony (I will call it balcony, as I don’t know how to call it :)), right next to this church. It a great place from where to take a photo of the church, it’s just to close to the church. And as the church is quite high, it wont fit into one photo, even if taken at 16mm. So in the end I created a vertorama. And due to how close I was, it created quite a lot of distortions, but due to way it was taken, you can’t really remove it. You would just destroy the photo.

This is manual blend from 10 photos. Taken by the Bullring in Birmingham, UK
St Martin's Church