a14 April 2013

Before/after comparison: Temple of Debod in HDR

before after

Debod Temple (aka Temple of Debod) in Madrid is the oldest piece of architecture in the city and probably one of the oldest in whole Spain. However, it comes from... Egypt. It was built in southern Egypt (about 15 km from Aswan) around 2nd century BC.

The temple was given to Spain by government of Egypt as a sign of gratitude for its efforts to save rich historical legacy (by this I mean taking part in archaeological works) in the 1960s. The temple was rebuilt in 1972 in one of the Madrid's parks, namely the Parque del Oeste, where it is placed today and is available to public (including visits inside).

I wanted to create a nice blue hour shot with clear separation between the sky, water and temple using complementary colours (orange and blue). I manually blended 7 exposures taken at 1 EV spacing, mainly to restore blown-up highlights in the sky, water and in the temple itself. I also slightly brightened water areas as well as the trees in the right.

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 32 mm
Aperture: f/10.0
Exposure time: 10 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: ND8 neutral density filter
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Lightroom 4.2, Photoshop CS6

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