Ed Ries  


Carolina Hills by Ed Ries

November 2020 - Carolina Hills

About the Image(s)

The subject of the image is really the nature of the light that came streaming through storm clouds.

Camera Canon EOS 5DS, Lens EF 70-200 set at 75mm; ISO 500; f16, 1/400 sec.

Original image was optimized in CEP using Pro Contrast and some detail enhancement. Converted in NIK SEP 2. On the converted image I used layers adjustments with luminosity masks to enhance local contrasts in the light and dark areas. Finally a 3 pixel stroke was added.


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9 comments posted




Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Nicely done Ed. Reminds me of the local mountains here where I live prior to the arrival of fresh snow. In Carolina, I would expect sleet or heavy rain.   Posted: 11/06/2020 11:44:56



Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ed: Nice shot of the Carolina Hills. I like the contrast variations in the trees, leading lines, and clouds. The image appears a bit flat to my eye.   Posted: 11/06/2020 11:50:57
Ed Ries
Hello Ela. Thanks for your comments. Would you increase the contrast for the image overall or just in certain areas? I can do the latter with luminosity masks.   Posted: 11/06/2020 13:18:53
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Ed: I used my editorial license and selectively darkened and lightened some of the areas, added a slight vignette.   Posted: 11/08/2020 06:40:14
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Ed Ries
Thanks for the suggestion.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:12:45



John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ed, this is an image which reminds me of my own efforts to capture similar scenes.

So far, I have not managed to achieve an image which stands comparison to this one.
An image very much to my liking.   Posted: 11/14/2020 02:49:46



Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ed- a very pleasing image in which the succession of rolling hills gives great depth to the image which is complimented by a dramatic sky. Ella's edit transforms the image and adds a lot of impact.

  Posted: 11/14/2020 03:34:56



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
Love the criss cross contrast of dark and light really well framed and composed the sky adds to the picture great capture very well presented I would imagine this is a very striking colour image as well.   Posted: 11/15/2020 13:18:12



Paul Roth   Paul Roth
A very interesting image Ed. I do like Ella's modifications, it enhances the image.   Posted: 11/20/2020 12:47:59