Shining Past

When showing pictures of Greece it is almost impossible not to show old monuments and columns. So here we go today with a picture of the famous acropolis in Athens. The entire site has been under construction for decades, making it difficult to find a frame not containing scaffolds and cranes. Still, it is an impressive place, regardless from where you look at it: either on site, from the plaka or from nearby hills.

This is my first "sunstar picture" I took, and it took a while for finding a nice post-processing. I started with pulling two different exposures from the same raw file. Having blended them using gradient-like masks, I applied a major perspective correction. In the end I went for some more local exposure adjustments for darkening the top left corner while making the sunstar even more shiny and increasing details on the columns.

Image added on Sun, November 11th 2012, 4:13PM

EXIF Information

Camera Model:   Canon EOS 30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40 F/4 L USM
Add. Equipment: B+W Circular Polarizer Käseman Slim
Focal Length: 28mm (x1.6 = 45mm)
Shutter Speed: 1/80s
Aperture: f/22
ISO Speed: ISO100
Date & Time: Mon, October 1st 2012, 3:01PM

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