Guess what? November just began, but Christmas is already around the corner. Well, at least according to the shops that are selling decorations and radio advertisements wishing Merry Xmas. Following the fashion stunning Christmas Tree at the Queen Victoria Building appeared on its usual place as well sparkling with thousands of crystals. Last year at the early morning of December I managed to take a quick photo of the tree and recently it was honored with a publication in Sydney Magazine. This year I decided to make version 2 of the image, this time taking my tripod and giving it treatment and level of detail it deserves.
Here it is, a tone-mapped HDR from three bracketed shots. Post processing involved lens correction on RAW files, creating the HDR file itself, exporting it to 16-bit TIFF and then a lot of artistic layered work on contrast with dodging and burning to bring out shadows and to add volume. Finishing touches were reducing the noise and adding a dash of vignetting.