Urban Nightscape | Cape Town

Shot from the 18th floor in downtown Cape Town.

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here’s a try

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Nice one!
Here is my swift attempt:

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I saw a tutorial on something similar the other day:

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

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High contrast nightscape with light pollution. RT capture sharpening + gmic blend, enhance. Zoom and enjoy!

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Dang, I’m jealous.

I’ve always wanted to capture a somewhat arial perspective intersection car trails with multiple left turns (oops, since this is not America, I guess turns across oncoming traffic is better).

Did the camera move at some point?


v2 of post #5. Less global contrast and more local. Zoom and enjoy!

RT 5.8

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It was on a tripod. You could read the green sign below the lamp.

I tried a more toned-down approach. So many different coloured light sources in this image. I gave it a slight (midnight) blue-ish tone. The reflection in the window, best seen in the top left quarter, is interesting to work around/deal with.

Nice challenge! Thanks for sharing.

darktable 3.0.0

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I was thinking of doing a b&w at some point (I think it would be suitable for the image) but haven’t thought of how to approach it yet…

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My take with rawtherapee and gimp

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Nice photo. Processed in RT.

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