Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Garden of The Gods 2020 by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

September 2020 - Garden of The Gods 2020

About the Image(s)

Since we missed out on going back to Colorado Springs this year I decided to look back at the last trip. This month’s image is based on a five shot bracket using a Canon 1D MK IV and 24-105 L lens at 32mm and F22 at.13 sec and iso 200 for the base exposure. The bracket was two shots to either side of that at 1 stop intervals. I had done the original blend way back when I was using Photomatix and, while it was not bad, I always felt there was something more to be had. I tried this time with Aurora 2019 and was surprised to find that , despite having checked the correct chromatic aberration box, there was some major fringing in the final image. I tried the HDR Efex Pro 2 in the new Nik bundle next. While that had a specific control for chromatic aberration that worked well, the blend was not as pleasing as Aurora. My solution was to process each image in Camera Raw individually just for the chromatic aberration / lens profile. That worked like a charm. The resulting Tiff files were then brought into Aurora for the blend. That result back into Photoshop where Topaz Sharpen AI was used to offset the diffraction diffusion introduced by shooting at F22. I also pulled back the saturation in the shaded foreground to get it looking more “normal”. All in I think the result was worth the added effort, but I am a little disappointed in how weak Aurora was on the CA. What came out of the blend was actually stronger than what was in the source images.

2 comments posted

Max Burke   Max Burke
There is no doubt you reached perfection in this image after reading how you did it. As you know, I have used Photomatix for years but have found the Auora 2019 being very satisfactory. However, I have gone back to Photomatix when I didn't like the results from Auora - each image sometimes needs different systems, this tells me. But you combined the and it appears from what you did, Toaz Sharpen AI helped the diffraction from the results using F22. The lighting is perfect and sharp, yet not overdone with beautiful shadow from every part of the image. And, to top it off a good sky. Only think I noticed I would change, is remove that tiny black spot in the upper-left a picky oversight.   Posted: 09/11/2020 15:34:14
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Right you are Max. I missed that dot completely.   Posted: 09/11/2020 19:03:38


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