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Of all the images that I took at Buzludzha, this is my favourite, but I almost didn't process it. Well, I did take a quick look at the images in Photomatix Pro, but couldn't come up with anything that I thought would work all that well so decided to leave this view for another time. When Craig posted his version though I decided that it was definitely worth making more of an effort. Initially, I thought I'd aim for a fairly natural interpretation, much as Craig did, but the more I worked on it the more it seemed that an OTT interpretation would work better.

Anyway, it's still a flawed image (there are some tone mapping issues here and there), but as I've already spent at least four hours working on this one I'm not inclined to do too much more to it at this stage.

As always, let me know what you think.

Oh, and the 'show the original' image is the tone mapped image exported from Photomatix Pro, not one of the original exposure sequence.

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8.59am on 22/10/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
10 exposures (1/1000 to 0.5s)
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3x2 + HDR + travel [Bulgaria] + show the original
comment by E y e V i s i o n at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

Nice shot(s). I like the color contrast betweent the interior and the outside world.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

Glad you worked on it David. The processing is amazing. Don't know exactly what tone mapping is, but I do like the tones and details that you bring out. What a fascinating building and location!

comment by Sonny at 05:10 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

Beautiful shot. I like when you post photos that have many colors.

comment by mikelangelo at 05:13 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

Very nice!! I very much like your result! 10 exposures?! wowzers. Very surreal scene... seems like something out of a video game, to me.

comment by Tayab at 05:26 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

That is some bad-a*s* post processing! brilliant

comment by Martin at 05:27 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

I can see why it is your favourite - great processing!

comment by RobertB at 05:27 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

It's a spectacular monument with quite a colourful history. So sad that it is now in ruins. A sign of the times, I guess. I love the image.

comment by jaro at 05:39 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

really amazing...

comment by Jonas at 05:43 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

For sure a true Wow-picture! Great work behind the camera aswell as with PS and PMx. Very surreal and dreamlike. Awesome location you guys found.

comment by Chris at 06:18 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010


Issues or not...I really love this. Have fun in DXB! See you there in March.

comment by Alexis at 06:36 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

David, please discuss the apparent haze of the "original" -- I mean the photomatix output. How did you get rid of it to produce such a brilliant-looking final version? Thanks!

comment by Hanif at 07:21 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

Excellent, perfect process.

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comment by Tom C at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

David I love this image! Seeing the "original" and then the processed is stunning to say the least. I'm trying to think of the appropriate adjective for this. Sci-fi-ish, perhaps? Otherworldly, maybe?

comment by Tom at 09:35 PM (GMT) on 1 November, 2010

Looks amazing! Definitely has a sci-fi, Mars base feel to it.

comment by Matt Bingham at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

I don't post very often even though I've followed you for years. I guess it's because your quality has been so high and I don't need to say anything. This, however, is my favourite shot for a long time.

comment by Eugene at 01:18 AM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

By far the best shot from this series. The tone mapping works really well, and I like the purplish tint of the sky in the post-processed version.

comment by ninu at 05:25 AM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

Dave - I have followed your stuff almost daily for years now. I think I have a new FAVORITE photo of all time on Chromasia! Hands down and hail to the god of Photoshop. This in my mind is your best shot period of the entire site. It's my opinion I know but I LOVE this photo. I am totally ordering it from you!

comment by Chris at 06:06 AM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

Dave, there is not much more I can say differently from what others before me have already said. Fantastic image, glad you chose to process it and the PP is extraordinary. I like everything about this image, the angle it was captured, the direction of light, the warmth inside the structure, and the colors within the background landscape. Well done! This image alone was worth the trip.

comment by Justin Photis at 09:50 AM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

Gotta add my praise for the shot too because it is so good on a number of different levels. The combination of exposures to capture all the details, the beautiful toning and the strange inside/outside feel of the shot giving it a space-craft feel. Brilliant. JP

comment by Chris Yakimov at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

I love it. There's so much that invites my eye to stick around, and so much that convinces my brain I'm in another world. :)

comment by trondh at 07:54 PM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

Just fantastic. Really like the warm tones and the mood.

comment by Philip Jensen at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 2 November, 2010

This indeed remains me of Star Wars! I really love it.

comment by Andrew at 01:13 AM (GMT) on 3 November, 2010

David, this is a very great processing! Would you mind please share your mini-PSD for that??? Please!!! Thanks!

comment by Cgzoom at 05:33 AM (GMT) on 3 November, 2010

Four hours working on this one? Well, it was worth the time :) Amazing result!

comment by Sakis at 03:26 PM (GMT) on 3 November, 2010

Great HDR!

comment by Michaelcim at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 3 November, 2010

That's 4 hours well spent Dave. I like it a lot, a true DJN.

comment by pasci at 05:04 PM (GMT) on 4 November, 2010

Amazing photo! From another planet...

comment by Martin at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 4 November, 2010

That might be the most impressive PP I've seen. Hats off!

comment by LightningPaul at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 5 November, 2010

Awesome !

comment by Jason at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 5 November, 2010

This has to be one of my favourite shots of all time. So glad you processed it and I am insanely jealous of it! Really stunning image and the processing it just perfect :)

comment by djib at 11:12 AM (GMT) on 6 November, 2010

It looks like a shot from a sci-fi movie. Great shot, it really feels like it came from another planet.

comment by djn1 at 06:42 PM (GMT) on 6 November, 2010

Thanks everyone, it's much appreciated :)

comment by Laszlo at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 6 November, 2010

Fantastic. Just brilliant. One of your best shots ever.

comment by bryan at 04:37 PM (GMT) on 9 November, 2010

great hdr pic love the detail in the background

comment by Charles at 06:59 PM (GMT) on 10 November, 2010


comment by Banii at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2010

I love this picture!

comment by Tolga at 02:00 AM (GMT) on 15 November, 2010

Love what you did with the shot.

comment by Daniel Espinoza at 06:03 PM (GMT) on 16 November, 2010

Great perspective. The amount of details is superb.

comment by Jem at 05:02 PM (GMT) on 17 November, 2010

This is incredible. Great work Dave.

comment by Hazel Edmunds at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 12 January, 2011

love it..

comment by Scott Frederick at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 7 April, 2011

Outstanding! If you think this image is flawed then please don't look at my work! :)

comment by Christiane Nicely at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 7 April, 2011

Absolutely crazy!!