HDR – Reach to The Heavens

This shot is another HDR image from a long day at the Inner Banks of Eastern North Carolina. This area is just slightly off the beach at Goose Creek State Park. See the sand at lower left? :)  During post-processing, I considered straightening the lines for a more realistic perspective. But, after thinking about it, the upward reach toward the center of the frame started to appeal to me. So, here it is . . . trees reaching to the heavens.

Processing: The five images were loaded into Nik HDR Efex Pro for tone mapping and selective Control Point processing to add some structure to the sky, tree trunks and foreground. Then I used Adobe Photoshop for Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights to balance the tones. I also made color adjustments using Hue/Saturation and finally added a little more depth with Curves and sharpening with High Pass Filter.

Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 lens set to f/16, ISO 200. Manfrotto 190XPROB with 486RC2 ball head.

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6 thoughts on “HDR – Reach to The Heavens

  1. Gage Caudell

    HDR and trees can be challenging because of the halo that can develop around the branches and leaves. Heck, even some of Trey Ratcliff’s work has it. Looks like you processed this one well! Good job!

    1. Mark Neal Post author

      Thanks, Gage. I do like to keep the halos to a minimum with HDR images. The Nik software goes a long way to help that. And keeping photoshop shadows/highlights under control helps also. Appreciate your comments.

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