Bangalore Palace in Black and White|Dubai HDR Photographer

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Bangalore Palace

It feels nice to be back home in dubai after my one month long vacation and this is my first post. Unlike my previous vacations where i dont plan anythingem ;). The reason for choosing this place was mainly for Architecture Reasons.The above palace like structure is called as Bangalore Palace situated in the state of Karanataka in India. The Bangalore Palace was the private residence of the royal Wodeyar family. Built to resemble Windsor Castle, this quirky palace is filled with an interesting and eclectic collection of art and paraphernalia from a bygone era. There is an entrance fees plus additional fees of Rs 600 for Camera and you can carry even your tripod inside this place. This palace is amazing place to shoot and while i was there there was a local film shooting going on which really disturbed by shooting as there was lot of Big Studio lights, cables, peoples, artists and sounds that many rooms were occupied by them for dressing and equipment keeping that i could not enter this room to shoot.

Shooting and Processing

The above shoot was my last shot while leaving from the palace. As i began to shoot, it started drizzling and there were drops of rain on my Lens which i found it quite difficult to remove during post(I should have kept some lens cleaning cloth/fabric with me). My lens 14-24mm was not even enough to cover this building from the place where i was shooting but i decided to go with the cropped version of the building. In the post when converting the images to HDR, i found in the foreground was really  reddish because of the sand and it looked really aweful for my taste that i decided that i go for the Black and white version. Instead of using my usual workflow of converting the Images using Camera Raw, i used the Nik Silver Efex Pro. Here in this filter, I used two presets masking each to get the final look. Finally a curves layer for the dodge and burn effect.

How the HDR photos were shot

  • Tripod
  • Nine exposures
  • Camera: Nikon D800
  • Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8

How the HDR image was tonemapped

  • Processed the images as Raw File in Photomatix
  • Changed the following sliders to get the tone mapped image-Strength, Color Saturation, Luminosity and Detailed Contrast.
  • Saved the resulting image as TIFF images

How the tonemapped image was post-processed

  • The Resulting tone-mapped Tiff Image was then opened in Camera Raw
  • Changed the following settings-Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, Whites
  • Resulting File then opened in Photoshop
  • Nik Silver Efex pro
  • Watermarking

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Vineet Suthan is a Freelance Photographer based in Dubai. He Specializes in commercial shoots for Fashion, Beauty and Corporate Portraiture. He also shoots Landscape (HDRS, Digital Blending, Long Exposures and Black and White). He also does Events, Maternity depending on availability. He is currently co-author of Vineet-Suthan.com/photoblog.

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