Sunday, March 15, 2009

Anza Borrego in HDR

I just finished Seth Resnicks D65 workshop in San Diego and am making a quick stop in Californias Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The wildflowers are still out and the cactus will not bloom for probably another week. I am bummed because it will be gorgeous when they do bloom. Here is a shot from Fonts Point taken at sunset when there really was no sunset due to overcast. Read on if you want to know the processing. I first shot this is as a 5 stop bracketed series for HDR generation. Now if you are wondering why HDR when the light is flat, it's because it works in a whole new way. You can bracket and there is often no need to, but the results when tone mapping are cool. You can really push the blacks and microcontrast for a very edgy or grungy look.

So my settings are:

Strength 100
Color sat 65
Light Smoothing- right smack in the middle
Luminosity -3
Set the B&W points to be as close to the walls as possible
Microcontrast 10
Light Smoothing 0
Temperature -3

Then I opened it in PS and added a curves adjustment, a vignette, and the a high pass sharpen.

That's it!

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