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I’ve been having a bit of fun for the past couple of days going back through the photos from the trip I took to Italy in 2009. A lot of the shots are not up to my current standards, so it’s been a bit of a challenge to find some that are worth re-processing to share. It’s a challenge, but fun nonetheless, if only to see the progression I’ve made as a photographer over the last year and a half.

This is a close-up of one of the many busts on display in the Coliseum in Rome. I probably should have written down whose likeness this is when taking the photo, but I didn’t…so we’ll just say it’s a famous Roman emperor 😉 I decided to send this single RAW image through Photomatix Pro to see what kind of extra detail I could bring out. Even with only one exposure it did a great job of accentuating the textures and age in the stone. I then used onOne Phototools to help define the shadows and highlights to add a bit more punch. Hope you like this ‘in-your-face’ image 🙂

Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L, 97mm, F 4.0, ISO 800, Single Tonemapped RAW

Jim Denham - November 27, 2010 - 11:34 am

I like it Heath! Yo sure did get the detail out of it! Well done!

Oscar Navarro - November 27, 2010 - 6:11 pm

Amazing shot my friend… I love the details.. 🙂