High Rise: The Petronas Towers

February 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Between 1998 and 2004 these two building held the crown of being the worlds tallest. Although now having been surpassed in height, the Petronas Petronas twin towers Twin Towers still make an impressive sight and a great photographic subject, especially at night.

Being away on holiday and not being able to carry all my lenses I was limited in wide angle to only 24mm. Wide enough in most circumstances but not to fit the full 451.9 m (1,483 ft) into a single frame.

Yes, that's right, I'm stitching images together again. Only this time the image is vertical, not horizontal. It will be interesting to see how Photomerge manages with the ever more converging vertical lines as the camera gets tilted up to capture the tops of the buildings. The first set of exposures is taken from outside at the front of the buildings . The second set of exposures is taken from the bridge in the park around the back of the buildings

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

The raw files are processed out using Capture One Pro 7 software.  The image on the left is left with the white balance as captured by the camera, that on the right has had the white balance altered to show the stainless steel structure as a more neutral grey.

The resulting jpeg files are loaded into Photoshop and Photomerge is set running to work its magic.

Success, it's worked but there's quite a lot of distortion and bending of the pictures in making everything fit together.

Editing each image in Photoshop I select all , then open the edit menu, followed by transform, followed by warp. I can now pull and drag various parts of the photograph to try and get it back into something  less bent. The result isn't perfect, but I think it still looks pretty good.

 

What do you think?


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