Tuesday, October 15, 2013

House of the Weeping Widow - A Before and After

A "Before and After."

Seen on the backstreets of Kiev.

Hey everybody, time for another "before and after" comparison.  Click within the image to see more or less of the before and after.

The “House of the Weeping Widow” got it’s name because when it rains, water flows over the woman’s face as if crying, and from the patterns of discoloration below her eyes.

Tech Stuff:

1. Camera:  Canon 400D
2. Lens:  Canon 55-250, f/5.6 @ 55mm, ISO 400
So, nothing real sophisticated.

Processing:

1. Three image HDR created from one original image
2. HDR created using Photomatix Pro
3. Lens Correction filter, Photoshop - (to correct a slight falling backward effect, plus a slight correction in the horizontal perspective).
4. Repositioned the photo to eliminate two air conditioning units, which originally appeared below the 3 windows at the bottom.  
5. Replaced the dull January sky (very common around here) with a more interesting summer sky.
6. Additional processing using Topaz Detail.

Note:  Because of points 3 and 4, the details of the before and after don't match.  Using the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop guarantees that they can't!



Before:

After:





And the alternate "BETTER" version of before and after:


before
after
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