The beauty of autumn is not always about looking up. This HDR scene as seen from the ground shows the aftereffect of the magnificent fall colors that were visible just a couple of weeks earlier. By using High Dynamic Range imaging, I brought out the shadow details while enhancing the rich color tones of the fallen leaves. Ah, the beauty of nature.
This image was produced using Adobe Photoshop CS6, Camera Raw and Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 along with Nik Viveza 2 for a little more tonal enhancement.
Equipment: Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70.0-210.0 mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at 70mm. Manfrotto tripod with ball head.
I’m finishing my HDR images from Southern Illinois University with this dramatic sunny, shady image.
I used three exposures from -1 to +1 ev and processed the images with Nik HDR Efex Pro 2. I took the final High Dynamic Range image into Adobe Camera Raw for enhancements to color, sharpness and overall detail. Finally, I used High Pass filter in Photoshop CS6 to add highlights to edges giving a look of more defined sharpness.
This High Dynamic Range image has been punched just a little to exaggerate the incredible yellows of this season. This tree is one of only a few that still have leaves.
I was visiting friends in Maryland and decided to spend an afternoon at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton MD. Most of the color has dropped but I still managed to find quite a few stand out left overs. This is one of the more colorful splotches of color. I’ll be posting quite a few more in the upcoming weeks.