Todd Paige  

"View from the Mt Rose Highway " by Todd Paige

November 2020 - "View from the Mt Rose Highway "

About the Image(s)

"View from the Mt Rose Highway "

Focus and exposure stack of images all put into PS HDR Pro for processing. Taken on tripod. It was getting dark and the only way to keep any detail in the foreground shadows was to take separate frames for the sky and foreground. I think they all blended together well using the 32 bit depth of PS HDR Pro.

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9 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
It looks like you essentially did a focus stacking HDR image with the foreground and background separately. I love your white balance - maybe a little purple but very soothing. The trees are very crips, suggestive that there was essentially no wind. (Did you bracket the images or did you did the HDR our of a single close and a single far image?)
Nice work.   Posted: 11/15/2020 15:29:08
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Thanks everyone.

Pierre and Frans asked more about how the shot was taken. I initially set up for a 5 shot bracket at f16 iso 50 (exposure times of each frame were 0.5, 1.5, 4 10 and 30 seconds) focused on the farthest trees from the camera. I then focused on the closest trees and took a shot at f2.8, iso 50, 2 seconds. In PS I put all 6 frames into HDR Pro and processed the image primarily for the trees. This gave a nice result for the trees but the sky was very bright and weird. I then took this HDR result and the f16, 4 sec. image-which had the best sky-and opened in PS as a stack. I created a blank white mask for the HDR image and then used a black brush and various layers of opacity and brushed in the nice sky and some midground from the "sky" layer below. After all of that I processed the whole thing more in LR.

Essentially what I have been doing with most of my images lately is shooting many frames of various exposures and focus areas and then trying to use the best parts of the best shots for each area of the image. I still have a lot to learn about blending them all together but when it works I really like the results.

Todd   Posted: 11/18/2020 21:44:50

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Absorbing progression of mountain clusters out beyond the vee of the tree notch taking the eye all the way to infinity. All well balanced in tone and delightful colors.   Posted: 11/16/2020 18:35:52

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Todd. To me, this is a perfect demonstration of layers editing: focus and exposure stack It's very smooth and seamless. Correct me if I am wrong, I saw at least three layers of edit here. I did not see any halo between tree branches and the bright sky background and also between mountain curves. It's definitely a very fine editing work. A combination between excellent post processing skill and sense of art. Awesome work Todd.

  Posted: 11/18/2020 04:39:10
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Thanks Frans,

check out my reply to Pierre, I have just posted it and give more info about my processing.

Todd   Posted: 11/18/2020 21:46:54
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Todd, Thanks for sharing your post process with us. How is your workflow between LR and PS? Did you prepare your layer in LR first then stack it in PS or vice versa.   Posted: 11/20/2020 21:25:55
Todd Paige   Todd Paige
I started in PS and once all of that was done finished in LR   Posted: 11/23/2020 16:17:48

Kathryn Engle
Good work on both the shooting and the processing of this photo. Your end result is just beautiful and peaceful. No suggestions. I like it the way it is.   Posted: 11/18/2020 13:10:48

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Enjoyed learning how you achieved this marvelous result; a lot of effort well rewarded. Just lovely. Nicely framed composition, well balanced, great sense of depth and separation between layers, no unwanted elements to remove, pleasing color palette.   Posted: 11/27/2020 08:30:30