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Good Morning, London Making of by geckokid Good Morning, London Making of by geckokid
Would it lose the magic if I showed how I did it?

The photos were all taken in manual mode, merged to hdr in photoshop, then opened in photomatix, detail enhanced with the same setting with the batch option. (photomatix is quite bad at aligning photos)

I tried aligning the photos with photoshop cs3, and hugin but neither could do it properly (i blame myself)

Well, there are about 8 hours (i guess) of work put in between the 3rd and the 4th box but I didn't have anything I could show you there... it's mainly because of photoshop being unable to stitch/blend them properly due to the plenty lines and parallax error as it was handheld.

So I split the top and bottom half of the pano and stitched them seperately.

It went all wonky.

But the wrap transform is a godsend. With it I aligned the top and bottom half back, and blended it back in.

Minor levels and colour balance applied.

Thanks for looking and reading :)

:heart:

proper finished deviation here: [link]
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RuloPerez Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
thanks a lot!!
and congratulations on your deviaton :)
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roqstar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
showing how you did it just ads to the magic. Like giving the instructions to "how to saw a person in half" step 1. put person in box, step 2. saw, step 3. separate box, step 4. amaze your friends.

totally, just like that. but a little different. for me at least.
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scannerfm77 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Awesome!!!!
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:iconanotherimpossibility:
I'm so glad you made this. I was DYING to know how you did it.
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Yerfdog5 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great image, seeing how it was done has spurred me on to try something like it. Have just about mastered HDR need to perfect the stitching. Guessing all images are best taken on tripod. Anyway fantastic work.
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da-phil Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, that seemed to be a hell of work ;)
next time make sure to have the tripod with you ;)

however, have you ever tried the panorama stitching tool "autopano pro"? i'm doing almost all my panoramas freehand and with autopano pro i got the best results compared to a bunch of other freeware/commercial programs which i tried before!
this piece of software is worth every single penny ;)
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geckokid Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
i now do carry a tripod! :D
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iLlusoryEye Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Can I ask you upload this mysterious=) picture in larger resolution (1920x1080) ??
please)) I want it! for my desktop)
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golebara Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it kinda does lose the magic. But thank you for the insight. Now I know! Always thought it's just one perfect shot, on a perfect day, at the perfect time. :D
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geckokid Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
well it still has to be a perfect day and perfect time :P
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CP-Highwind Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial and beautiful photograph., but I wanted to know what did you input in Photomatix?

Did you initially take JPGs and put them directly into Photomatix, or did you initially take CR2 files and put them directly into Photomatix, or did you initially take CR2 files, converted them to JPG and then put them into Photomatix ?

I know it's a long question, but it's something i've always wondered. Thanks in advance. :)
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trinkaus-cc Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Thank you for sharing this! Most people would have stopped at the reference shot; you went the extra mile and it was totally worth it!!!
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layal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
wow. amazing...
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genr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing ...
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ehlo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Dude, this rocks !!! :D
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sliptip Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
It's awesome! Thanks you!!
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Khazgor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stunning, simply stunning
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ddeejaaee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is the first geckokid deviation I saw, and it's still as amazing as it was back then =)
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geckokid Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
awww thanks :heart:
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fukm Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
i fkin luv this shot man, n im jst stunned at wat u can do witha camera and a bitta ps
ur wrk is amazing!!
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rueD Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would it lose the magic if I showed how I did it?

no it does´nt . It makes it more perfect !
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thematrixishe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
I love how the building on the right kinda looks like its calling out to the Gherkin on the left :P
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Sortvind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
now this is hdr gone right!
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BriceChallamel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing! I love to read this kind of tutorials and the result is just wonderful. For the stitching part I use Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited and it really does wonders, even with handheld shots!

In case you want to share on DD HDR tutorials: [link] ! ;)
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Chazimcgee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Wow i really want to get to know how to utulise HDR. Do you recommend any programs other than photoshop? If so will they cost anything?

Lovely piece :)

:+fav:
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geckokid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
i use photomatix, highly recommended :)
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Chazimcgee Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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JrdnPwns Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Digital Artist
I love the work and as an artist I love the step-by-step. Thanks a lot!
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Schweinskopfsuelze Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
interesting...
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HardToName Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
How did you go from the three exposures to the one great hdr image?

My hdrs dont turn out like that haha
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Sky-diving-Kiwi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
I'd always wondered how this was done...Thanks for sharing!
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anubis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!!!! Nice to know how this was made!!!
Tassos
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loppi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for putting this together, it's such an amazing image and it really captures London's spirit! I'm getting a Canon for Christmas (my first proper camera!) so stuff like this is GOLD for me!
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Dontwannabemyself Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
Great idea:D
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BirDuZz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
very interessting, thanks for sharing! wonderfull piece btw :D
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
awesome
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cyberoidx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Amazing stuff, thanks for the guide.
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geckokid Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
you are welcome :)
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elysium Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Extremely well done!
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geckokid Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
hey! it's been ages since i last saw you around! thanks!

i just read your journal, you know... if you do submit stuff then there'll be more art that can be called art :P

i just usually try and ignore all those crap lying around, it's just all natual when a site has gone popular... you get good shit and you get 90% of bad shit... still, you get 10% of good stuff! :P besides, i don't see how otherwise or who would have the right to tell people off if they only churn out crap :giggle:

anyway it's brilliant to see you comment on me, :hug: it's been a while ^_^
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elysium Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Very true. :) And we all have to spend more time looking for quality-art. But you can't appreciate the sweet without the sour you know? ;)

And I'm not back on a regular basis, just visiting from time to time. ;)
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GoodFromFar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Awesome, thanks a ton for uploading this! No wonder the colors are so great, it's a HDR shot. This pretty much answered my previous question.
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geckokid Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
i thought i did answer 15 photos, 3 exposures each :P

you are welcome :)
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SKY-ia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Thanks for sharing :) I was really breaking my neck considering if it just a combintion od several photos or some undiscovered abilities of a reflex camera / wide screen lens of some kind / panorama shots / whatever. I'm really grateful :aww:
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geckokid Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
you are welcome :)
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