I just wanted to re-experience the beautiful autumn here in the mid-west last year. This is another photo from my trek through the Southern Illinios University campus. The lake in this image is just off one of the many bike paths that crisscross the area.
Some techie stuff: This image is part of a 5 exposure bracket and I decided to select the .5 ev under exposed frame. I loaded it into Adobe Camera Raw for most of the post processing; added clarity, lightened blacks and shadows, increased saturation, increased sharpening with luminance, and corrected for chromatic aberration. Then in Photoshop, I enlarged to 48 x 32 at 400ppi, created a new layer and applied High Pass filter with a radius of 8.0 pixels and a layer blending mode of soft light for additional visual enhancement.
I finally flattened the layers and resized the image to 36 x 24 , 300ppi to create a 20 to 50 mb printable file. For my social posts, I always create a smaller file of 10 x 6.667 at 240ppi with a digital watermark and keep the total size at around 2 mb. For this blog, I use “save for web” in photoshop at about 400 to 750 kb.
So, you’re probably wondering where the HDR comes in. Here is my High Dynamic Range version, created with 4 exposures from -1 ev to +.5 ev. The exposures were loaded directly into Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 and tone mapped for a natural visual balance. As you can see, it’s a little different than the one above that was created with a single, underexposed shot. But to be honest, the single raw file was easier to work with than the multiple exposure version.