I wanted to see if it was possible to retrieve the shadow details in an underexposed image. Although the details are now much better, it is a little grainy in places, notably the shadow areas. I may upload the original as a workshop if anyone wants to play.
Taken at Tōdai-ji (東大寺) in the old part of Nara. From Wikitravel on Tōdai-ji:
"Home to the famous Daibutsu (大仏), the largest Buddha statue in Japan and one of the largest in the world. The Daibutsu-den, which houses it, is said to be the largest wooden building in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site."
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lousat (79395) 2012-05-01 2:12
Hi Chris,a fantastic choice of point of view to create this imposing perspective from this magic place,a beautiful result and great details and colors in a very difficult light,very interesting,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-01 2:24
a splendid shot from this beautiful view, the composition is very nice, great details and POV, the realization is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-01 4:05
despite the grainy areas I really like this shot! Your POV is wonderful and the overall effect is more like dust in the air and does not detract from the effect and clarity of the image. It gives an almost soft focus to the image which is more befitting the atmosphere of the shot.
Regards - Brian.
pierrefonds (58458) 2012-05-01 4:44
The walls are framing well the statue. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Buddha statue. Comparing the workshop photo and this one, you did good post-processing work which is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (63292) 2012-05-01 5:00
J'aime beaucoup cette contre plongée qui donne une ampleur formidable à ce beau Bouddha.J'aime la construction de l'image et la gestion de la lumière difficile.
Miguel82 (25121) 2012-05-01 6:02
A superb view of this big statue
fine colors and excellent sharp picture
The pov is interesting and give us an idea of the statue's size
have a nice day
sacimar (26069) 2012-05-01 6:04
good image of this Buddha, I like the impressive statue, you chose a good angle and details are very good as well as light management, well seen,
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-05-01 6:13
Good choice of POV here! excellent clarity and light maangement sa usual! a fascintating capture rich of atmosphere and good mood..i loved it! very well done
dkmurphys (50540) 2012-05-01 8:06
Very fine upper view ot that impressive statue. Well taken, enjoy the evening.
besnard (54091) 2012-05-01 9:02
Quand on voit l'original on est olibgé de reconnaitre que tu as fait un très bon travail pour rendre le sujet tel que tu nous le proposes.
Bravo et bonne soirée.
paololg (31448) 2012-05-01 12:23
Ciao dear Chris,
I have seen the original raw file in the Ws and I must say that you have done a great work in PP. Interesting image of this huge Buddha, a picture characterized by the good sharpness and a good choice of the POV that emphasizes the majesty of the statue. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice May!
delpeoples (53865) 2012-05-01 17:16
Wow, what a great POV and I really like the tight framing. You were able to regain the BG details superbly. The little bit of noise (a natural consequence) does not harm the image to any great extent. When I get to a computer with PS on it, I'll have a go, but I realy think you've done a great job in PP and doubt I can better it.
jjcordier (77590) 2012-05-01 22:59
Au format TE, le bruit ne se remarque pas trop et on est surtout attiré par la beauté de la statue et les bouddhas dorés en arrière plan. Très bon cadrage.
emka (82026) 2012-05-01 23:29
It is difference with original photo! You did good pp work. Amazing POV selected, showing this Big Buddha. Well done.
I also tried make photo of this big statue but with no success.
Silvio1953 (126059) 2012-05-02 0:56
Ciao Chris, great POV on fantastic statue, excellent clarity, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
yquem46 (38746) 2012-05-02 12:29
Razor sharp and excellent pov for this budha statue
Much details in this top quality shot
Angshu (56260) 2012-05-04 1:35
You retrived a good amount of details from a totally UE picture! Is it so dark inside the temple? Like the workmanship on the wooden temple walls which we can see in the BG. Well done with your low POV