I took this photo in Cascais, near Lisbon. I used 3 RAWs and post-processed it in Photomatix Pro 4.2 beta.
Street photos are amongst my favourite HDR photos (the others being landscape and sunsets, castles , churches and black & white HDR photos). I really like how HDR adds some extra detail to this already busy and detailed images.
In this photo, as in many others, I used my favourite post-processing technique. It’s very simple yet very effective. Here is the summary:
- Open your photo in Photoshop and apply some basic adjustments.
- Add Black & White adjustments layer on top of your layers and adjust it so it looks good.
- Change blending mode of this new adjustment layer to Soft Light.
- At this stage the contrast of the image will be greatly enhanced. However, you will loose quite a lot of detail (especially in the shadows). So using soft black brush (with flow ranging 10% to 20%) I paint on Layer Mask to restore some detail.
Normally I also decrease opacity of Black & White adjustments layer to make the effect more subtle.