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Venetian Gondola

Venetian Gondola

Las Vegas, Nevada view map

Here is the original image before processing.
You can barely see the distortion and CA of the lens.

Here are the steps I took to post process this photo:
1. Two raw conversions were made, one shown here on the right and another darker version. Layer mask was used in PhotoShop to pick the darker version of the sky, the dark parts of the banners, the reflections of the gondola and the bell tower.
2. The combined (flattened) image was then put through PT Lens to correct for barrel distortion and CA. Should I process each of the 2 layers separately through PT Lens and then combine them? The second method might have corrected CA better.
3. Perspective is corrected in PhotoShop. I could have used PT Lens to correct distortion and perspective in one step, but I prefer to use PS so that I can see the result in full screen. I purposely left the vertical lines slightly converging. Otherwise, they look faked to me.
4. I increase the local contrast of the reflections and the lion atop the column with large radius USM.
5. Architectural details were enhanced with small radius (0.3) USM.
6. The full size version was saved, then downsized and sharpened for web upload.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
1/320s f/6.3 at 10.0mm iso100 hide exif
Full EXIF Info
Date/Time26-Mar-2007 16:21:34
ModelCanon EOS 20D
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length10 mm
Exposure Time1/320 sec
ISO Equivalent100
Exposure Bias
White Balance
Metering Modematrix (5)
JPEG Quality
Exposure Programaperture priority (3)
Focus Distance

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rifkirif 04-Jun-2012 16:42
Very good color and composition, but it hurts to see the right tower get cut.
Kanya Hanklang29-Jun-2010 22:42
truly wonderfully awesome!!!!
kennygan24-Mar-2010 23:54
Good info and shot.
Alfredo 27-Aug-2008 22:51
first, i've seen the water... i'm italian, so i thought it was a Venice in Shanghai... Las Vegas style is not so different.... Nice pic. But please do not offend Venice in this way!
Tony 13-Dec-2007 01:17
Great photo!!
Thanks for the explanation... will try to do that in real Venice!
Jeff C. 24-Oct-2007 03:51
Thanks for all your lovely photos. They are absolutely fabulous! And, thank you for your primer on distortion and corrections in PhotoShop. Very helpful.
Robyco20-Jul-2007 14:28
Great shot and good explanation !! (V)
borisalex10-Jun-2007 05:29
Great information and super Shot
Petros Labrakos03-Apr-2007 07:28
superb at all!
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