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Spaceship Earth, Fountain of Nations & Rain

by Matthew Cooper
Spaceship Earth, the Fountain of Nations & the Rain

This shot of Spaceship Earth and the Fountain of nations is a popular one and one I’ve done myself as well. The rain really helps take it to another level though I feel. The wet saturated neon reflecting on the ground is really great in person and brings a new character to the area.

Shooting & Editing Spaceship Earth, Fountain of Nations & Rain

This was shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 2.8. I shot at a normal standing height for this shot so that I would be able to see Spaceship Earth over the fountain and all of the good reflections were still visible on the sides anyway. I used 2 exposures from a 5 shot bracket to create my base layer and then did quite a bit of debris cleanup in the foreground. I color balanced the sky and then did some levels adjustments along with Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast. I did a very light Orton effect masked just to the reflections to add a bit more glow to them. Finally I denoised the sky and sharpened everything else.

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