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The Bug

By devlin
Been Playing around with some tonemapping again. Iam struggling a bit to get rid of the blue casts on the image , using photomatix pro 4.13. V2 is the original unedited version.

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thatmanbrian 5 342 3 Spain
3 Apr 2012 7:12PM
I like it. Surreal yet real if you know what I mean! The magenta/blue cast shouldn't be hard to knock back a little? What software you have?

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devlin 6 652 39 India
3 Apr 2012 7:14PM
thanks Brian I have CS5 and Photomatix pro 4.13
Jonny5874 7 14 5 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 7:18PM
Like this picture and the colours are great but would love to have seen it on flat ground. Really nice look though.

Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 7:56PM
Hi Prabh ,

Im assuming you're tone-mapping a single image image (as you only posted one original ), rather than a sequence of exposures ready for tone-mapping hdr.

You have a few options.

If its a single shot , have a go at copying the original image over the tone mapped result and use a layer mask , low opacity brush , to bring back in some of the original scene without the cast.

Or ,

Tone-map to taste , and do another less saturated version and combine (layer mask) those parts you feel need the need to emphasise / mute.

Or ,

Create a hue sat adjustment layer and target the blues (ideally with the eyedropper) then reduce sat until your happy.

Or ,

Have a play with "image adjust , colour balance" and target the blues again although that method is more of a global rather than a targeted adjustment.

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
3 Apr 2012 9:29PM
Hi Prabh,
Not my cup of tea, as you know.
It's good to see you're still working at it though.
devlin 6 652 39 India
4 Apr 2012 3:21AM
Thanks Dave, Ill give it a shot Smile
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3530 Canada
4 Apr 2012 4:07AM
Hi Prabh,

I think V1 is overdone, and V2 is underdone, so for me, the answer is between the two.

Vq does have a strong cyan or blue cast also, that can be toned down as Dave mentions.

Ive downloaded both and layered at about 40% (40% of the modified version is showing) and used colour balance and simply reduced blue and cyan. Cropped a little from the left.

Very colourful shot,


devlin 6 652 39 India
4 Apr 2012 7:45PM
Thanks Willie Smile



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