Here’s my third installment of of architectural abstracts from Toronto. After some experimentation, I believe I’ve landed on a cool stylized architecture workflow I really like.
The first step includes some dehazing of the sky followed by some stylized HDR processing. Its important to manage the noise introduced when applying pushed HDR processing, especially when working from a single image, and not a bracketed series of exposures.
Next comes the newest and perhaps differential aspect to this workflow – finishing the composition in Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 using the Fuji Velvia slide film emulation. It provides a nice extra boost in contrast, lost in HDR processing, plus a touch more saturation, especially in the cooler colors.
Next to the sweet film emulations, Exposure really excels in the control it allows in vignetting. Using degrees of bump size, distortion, positioning, feathering and mask position, you can get a perfectly customized vignette for every image. My vignettes aren’t necessary subtly applied, but are often subtly perceived.
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