Haathi Mahal{Goa}|HDR

I love when human architecture blends with nature in a unique and beautiful way. It’s hard to find a place that can illustrate it better than the state of Goa. I’ve always been fascinated by locations that include indoor and outdoor lighting. This was one of the Locations that I think screamed to be shot. I’m always challenging myself in terms of processing HDR like lately trying to get into manual blending of the images to see the Image differently

So while I was on visit to Goa in Haathi Mahal Hotel (which is covered with lot of idols of Ganesha and hence the name), standing near this idol, I couldn’t help but admire the multitude of color from the above and shapes blending beautifully with the outdoor light. I tried my best to create what i could.

How the photos were shot

  • Taken Handheld
  • Nine exposures
  • Camera: Nikon D300s
  • Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5

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 Color Efex on the ceilings
  • Nik Sharpener on the idol
  • Topaz Adjust on the background wall
  • onOne Filter for the floors
  • Topaz Denoise
  • Watermarking



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vineetsuthan Written by:

My name is Vineet Suthan and I'm the father of 2 great kids. I am a system engineer by profession and currently residing in Dubai & Muscat. In my spare time i do photography-Mainly Fashion, Beauty, Portfolios and other times i am found doing HDRs. I've been in photography since 2008 and I absolutely LOVE what I do. I feel very blessed to have 'fallen into' this field! check my website at www.vineet-suthan.com

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