HDR

Dancing in the Grass

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I taught an HDR class yesterday and took my students to the trolley museum in Colorado Springs. We had a great time, and this is my favorite shot from the day. This is the side of an old Denver Transit Company bus, and it’s a hand-held, 3-exposure image. I had to lend my tripod to one of my students, which gave me the opportunity to check out Photomatix’s feature for blending images not taken on a tripod. It looks like someone dancing in tall grass.

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After the Storm

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This is a shot of Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point after a snowstorm. It’s a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-1 EV) blended and tone mapped in Photomatix.

After blending I made basic adjustments and applied a gradient to the sky with the Camera Raw filter. In Photoshop I added black & white and curves adjustment layers. I selected the mountains and added an exposure adjustment layer to them. I then cropped.

Blanca and Ellingwood

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I shot this photo standing next to the Huerfano River as the first light of the day hits Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.
After blending in Photomatix I used the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop to make basic adjustments and adjust the color with the HSL tool. I selected the sky, inverted the selection and added a hue/saturation adjustment layer to the resulting mask to reduce the blues and cyans in the shadow areas. I added a curves adjustment layer.

Eureka! I Found Gold!

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This is a head frame at Poverty Gulch in Cripple Creek, CO. It’s the location where gold was discovered in the area. The photo is a 3-exposure (+/-2EV) HDR image processed in Photomatix.

After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix, I used the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop to make basic adjustments and remove chromatic aberrations. I used the burn tool to reduce the highlights in some areas. I added black and white, curves and hue/saturation adjustment layers. I used the hue/saturation layer to create the sepia tone after experimenting with black and white. The B&W layer is not necessary to create this effect, but it added a little more contrast, so I kept it.

The Fake Lake, Part 2

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This photo was taken at Garden of the Gods after the big rains we had in September of 2013. What used to be a small reservoir filled with water and stayed a couple of weeks. By this time the water was very brown and didn’t smell very good.

This is a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2EV) processed in Photomatix.

After blending and tone mapping in Photomatix I made basic adjustments and removed chromatic aberrations with the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. I used the Spot Healing Brush to remove some artifacts. I then selected the lower half of the frame with the Quick Selection Brush and used a channel mixer adjustment layer to remove the brown tint created by the mud in the water. I also added a curves adjustment layer.

Left Behind

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This looks like the scene from some apocalyptic movie. These are things left behind in one of the buildings at the Mary Nevine Mine in Victor, CO.

This is a 3-expsosure HDR image (+/-2EV) blended and tone mapped in Photomatix.

After blending I used the Camera Raw to make basic adjustments. I added two vignettes with the radial tool to darken the background and lighten the foreground. I used the adjustment brush to darken a drawer in the background. In Photoshop added a curves adjustment layer and cropped.

Collegiate Sunset

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This photo was taken in the Collegiate Peaks Wildnerness area near Huron Peak. It’s a 3-exposure HDR image (+/-2 EV) of the sunset.

I blended and tone mapped the 3 files in Photomatix and made basic adjustments, removed chromatic aberrations, applied lens corrections and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw. I then added a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop.