Coverlid Place

Title: Coverlid Place

Photographer name – Andrew Haysom

Description of place
Coverlid Place is a dingy little alleyway off Little Bourke Street in the centre of the city of Melbourne, Australia. At the far end of the alley are some “adult” establishments. At night, the neon signs of these establishments throw some nice colourful hues and light the place up enough to make it interesting.

Technical information

Camera – Canon EOS 60D, shooting RAW only

Lens – Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC @ 16mm

HDR Software – Photomatix Pro 4.2

ISO – 100

Aperture – f/4.5

Number of exposures – 3 exposures shot (-2, 0, +2), 2 additional created from RAW (-4, -6)

Tripod/handheld – Tripod

Extra processing information:
After the original processing of the three in-camera exposures for this shot I wasn’t happy as the neon signs still looked quite blown out, so I created two more exposures from the -2 EV shot to get some more detail.

All intermediate files between steps saved as 16-bit TIFFs. The steps were;

  • Remove noise from the original three RAW images using Topaz Denoise 5 (in Photoshop Elements).
  • Create -4 & -6 exposures in ACR and remove noise from them with Topaz Denoise 5 (in Photoshop Elements).
  • Merge in Photomatix Pro 4.2.
  • Use DxO Optics Pro to adjust perspective (using the Force Parallel feature with automatic crop turned on).
  • Finally remove noise again using Topaz Denoise and save as JPEG

 Photographers bio
I am a fifty-something IT Manager who bought his first DSLR just over a year ago and has been active on Flickr since January of this year. I have been trying to teach myself photography techniques and am finding it a very relaxing and inspiring pastime. My main areas of photographic interest are nature phorography (mainly the local birds and kangaroos) and the beautiful city of Melbourne (with a special passion for the many alleyways and wonderful street art).

You can view my images at

  • Eli Salant

    Hi Andrew
    I love your post on this image.
    Please can you elaborate on how you use denoise on the 3 images.Do you process them individually,ore or one at a time?

    Many thanks

    • Andrew Haysom

      Eli, One at a time by loading them individually in to Elements.