Today’s photo is a 2 exposure RAW tonemapped with photomatix. I did shoot 3 exposures, however, I felt I lost the drama in the sky by tonemapping using the 3 exposures.
While I got the drama in the sky, I also got a lot of noise which needed to be addressed in post. I also got a little more haloing than I would have liked.
The haloing I fixed by taking the -2 exposure and opening up a layer mask then using a brush at about 15%. That took care of that.
As for the noise, that was a bear, I ended up denoising a couple of times before using topaz to give it a little pop.
Finally, I finished it off with some sharpening. I thought I was done, but the long blue strip that runs the length of the building was a bit oversaturated. So, I quick masked that, took it to a group, dropped the saturation and used a levels adjustment to get it just right.
And, there it is. Hope you enjoy it.