Client shoot: Expansion of the hotel's facilities. Building itself wasn't completed yet.
This is the last shot of the hotel expansion series. In terms of re-touching, this was by far the toughest one. Main objective was to handle the unfinished outer landscaping as well as 'cleanup'. Here's the full list of changes:
1. Replaced the sky
2. Digitally blended 9 exposures to even out the tonal range
of the photograph
3. Cleaned up the floor and various construction debris inside the vegetation
4. Added the vegetation on the right side of the image. I accomplished this by photographing various plants and shrubs around Abu Dhabi while paying attention to sun's direction; it had to have the same angle as on the base photograph. Next, I carefully masked out the vegetation and seamlessly combined it with the base photograph. Masking individual strands of grass and shurbs was very time consuming
5. Removed the concrete seam on the floor in foreground, cleaned up all floor tiles as they haven't been washed yet due to construction in progress
6. Removed the urn on the floor, removed its shadow and replaced it with shadows cast by the vegetation. Repainted all tile hairlines. Very tedious.
7. Removed security cameras, nylon wrapped light fixtures on the wall, speakers, switches, etc
8. Cleaned up sand from white tent poles
9. Cleaned up dirt from step risers
10. Cleaned up dirty from urn bases
11. added flowers in urns
12. Selectively colour corrected the image with Viveza
13. Final grade and polish
Total processing & re-touching time: 6 hrs, inclusive of additional photography of the missing vegetation.
Post production level: tough