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Christmas is a great time for all photographers as many streets in various cities are beautifully decorated making them look really magical with all those vibrant colours and interesting ornamentation.
I captured above photo last year in the early evening (during so called blue hour to be precise) in the Old Town of Warsaw. Conditions were pretty difficult as it was freezing cold (I could barely feel my fingers after an hour of shooting) but at the same time reflections on the pavement were absolutely gorgeous. And so were the colours. The city was quite busy at that time but using long exposure I was able to blur most of the people so they aren’t very distracting anymore.
I processed this photo using Fusion/Natural processing method in Photomatix Pro (I used one of my free Photomatix presets) and finished it using Topaz Adjust (with another of my free presets 🙂 ) and Topaz Clarity in Photoshop. As you can see from the EXIF just below I used as many as 7 exposures. It was necessary because there are both very dark shadows and very bright lights in this image.
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 28 mm
Exposure time: 4 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Technique: exposure fusion, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 5 (Fusion/Natural), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity