I have been playing around with HDR processing in Photoshop, and frankly, I haven’t been super fond of the results. Some have been okay, but not really what I am looking for. I am not (usually that is) looking to go over the top with tone mapping or super intense vibrance and saturation. Really, I am looking to increase the range of the image across the board — get closer to the image I saw when I snapped the shutter.
I am starting a process of evaluating other HDR options — first up is Photomatix Pro. At first, I immediately felt like I had more control, but my initial results were just not blowing me away. After working with this image of the dawn sun illuminating Garden of the Gods, and then taking it back into Photoshop for some additional work, I think I have an image I am pretty happy with. Usually, I know when I come back to it in a couple of days. What do you think? What HDR software do you use? I appreciate your thoughts.
This is a 3 image HDR, processed in Photomatix Pro. Source images were bracketed at +/- 2 exposure stops at f/25. Enjoy!
A classic view of Pike’s Peak as seen from the Siamese Twins Rock formation in Garden of the Gods Park.
This was taken this past October, before much snow was on the mountain. Was planning on getting another one this winter, but we haven’t had a very good snow season. So, I will leave this one with you for now, and maybe next year, we will get a nice wintry view. Enjoy!
Every now and then, and it seems to come in spurts, you see something and think – “I have GOT to get a picture of that!” Last Thursday evening was one of those moments for me. I was prepping to head out early the next morning – the same morning that resulted in Fog Blanket – and I noticed the passing low clouds obscuring the full moon. The breaks in the clouds made for a very impressive view, that I had to get. Well, this was the result of that…
It really wasn’t very good. In fact, it was disappointing! The passing clouds prevented a nice sharp capture of the moon, and the motion of the passing clouds didn’t translate well. But, that is where the fun started — time to see what sort of creative license I could have with this image. There is something there, I just know it!
I took the image into Photoshop and started to pick it apart. A little luminescence adjustment in Camera Raw to clean up the noise, a little sharpening and off we went. Then I split the moon and the clouds into 2 different layers. Each got separate light adjustments and the clouds got the swirl treatment. In the end, I got something I was actually pretty excited about. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
To all of my followers and readers — here is wishing you peace and happiness this Easter Season.
Went out this morning to watch and capture the full moon setting behind Pike’s Peak. Was also hoping to catch the sunrise, but the fog bank grew to be a perfect match with the mountain. Oh well.
The moon descends behind the mountain, preparing to give way to another beautiful Colorado morning while a thin layer of fog continued to grow ahead of the rising sun. This was a 75 second exposure, which allowed the layer of fog / clouds to move north while being illuminated by the lights of Colorado Springs. Enjoy!
Been pulled into a few other projects, but I wanted to quickly post something from a hike we took this past weekend.
This is from Castlewood Canyon Park, near Castle Rock, Colorado. A lone cactus was welcoming the warm spring day. Watch your step! Hope you enjoy — back soon with more.
Another shot of a Bradford Pear bloom with the sun setting in the distant background. Enjoy!