In this post, we’ll look at one of my all time favourite landscape/architectural images of the Eiffel Tower taken a few years ago. The tower is one of the most iconic sights to see in the world, especially at night when the lights are switched on. A work of art!
Being heavily focused around asian wedding photography it’s always refreshing to test my skills/knowledge on new subjects and under demanding conditions. Night photography is a real challenge with a pleasing image requiring great composition and a range of equipment including a sturdy tripod, cable release and neutral density filters.
This original image is straight out of camera and was taken at the following settings : f/9, ISO 100, 25 sec exposure using a Tokina 11- 16mm wide angle lens.
I was very pleased with the image which was well exposed and tack sharp and confident this could be pushed quite a bit at the post editing stage.
Here are some of the actions taken to produce the final image :
- Cropped in to improve composition
- Level/Lens Correction
- Colour correction – increasing Magenta levels
- Small White balance shift
- Applied Medium strength sharpening
- Tone Curve – S Curve applied
- Spot healed a few distracting lights
- Dodge & Burned creating a more 3D look
- Added low/medium levels of noise reduction