Great Subject

I was in Pittsburgh last week for a graduation. On Saturday, I got a chance to go downtown and take some photos along the rivers. It was a bright and beautiful day, so I was hoping for some nice shots. I took a multi-exposure photo of the 6th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River, and I processed it in PhotomatixPro. I tried a variety of the presets in PhotomatixPro and the photo looked pretty good in several. I frequently find that a photo that works with tonemapping does not look good with image fusion or details enhancer. I thought tonemapping looked good with saturated colors and a good exposure. 

6th Street Bridge tonemapped

6th Street Bridge tonemapped

I also tried a image fusion preset called painterly5. This preset is probably the most extreme change of image that I will use in PhotomatixPro. The are much more heavily processed presets like surreal, but I have never used them. I thought painterly5 worked pretty well on this image. It brought out more detail without getting garish.  

6th Street bridge with image fusion

6th Street bridge with image fusion