The Story

I’ve been going back and forth between working on images from Cambodia and from my recent shoot along the Gorge. Here is a shot that became very familiar to me after shooting in my third or fourth temple. I fell in love with these long, meandering hallways that were surrounded by intricate carvings (and rubble). For this shot, tone-mapping HDR fit the bill perfectly because it allowed me to bring out shadow detail while still retaining most of the bright highlight detail. All of this contributes in much easier stylization.

In terms of processing

Tone-mapping was done with Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I masked in Vecchio onto the actual temple structure and played off of that by applying a tiny amount of cyberpunk onto the rubble. I think it helped play off of the color contrast.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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