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Back to the other end of the city today and the Webb Bridge.  I wasn’t totally happy with the image I processed the other day.  I thought the first photo, which is, let’s face it, just a documentary shot of the bridge was much better.  I had thought I wouldn’t do any more “art” photos of it, but when I was looking at them, I had an idea that I wanted to try.

I had this idea that I could make the mouth of the bridge shine and invite you into it.  I wanted to make it warmer than the rest of the image, but I also wanted to be careful because I know I can overdo the warm bit.  I hope this is okay.  I also blurred the sky, and then blurred the background so the sky has been blurred twice.

If it is alright for me to say this, but I am rather happy with this image.  I like the tones and the lighting, though it is hard to believe it was taken at about 2 in the afternoon.  I should just show you the original, well the original HDR image.  Oh, it has also been cropped a little as well.

This image turned out so strange, even in the original HDR the lighting is quite surreal.  I think it suits what I had in mind so much.


  • Photomatix Pro – 4 image HDR
  • Layers on layers
  • Normal layer layered on top of warmed layer and blended
  • Mask added and only certain parts were masked so the warming layer could come through
  • new layer added, then blur added, masked so only sky was blurred
  • another new layer, then more blur, masked so only highlights were not blurred
  • Image darkened with curves, then a certain section lightened
  • finally a vignetting was applied

I didn’t really do a lot, not compared to some, and I think that is probably why this one worked and the other didn’t.  I just wanted the entrance of the bridge to be more.  I think I knew what I wanted before I actually started on this one, and somehow, I knew what I needed to do.  I love that the image also looks like it was taken at night more.


I hope you have been enjoying the tutorials I’ve been doing.  I don’t know if they are helpful, but many of you do seem to enjoy them.

I just wanted to say that I have added a new page at the top called Tutorials and there you will find a list of ones that I have done.  Hopefully that will make it easier for people to find them.

I am behind in everything again, hopefully can catch up tomorrow.  I spent a lot of time today getting some handouts ready for my first real class this Saturday in Eltham at Living Learning Nillumbik.  Still some places if anyone is interested.

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