While doing some HDR photo walking at South Tar Greenway in Greenville, North Carolina on one of those perfectly sunny, warm and breezy days, I came across this woodsy, “Intimate Landscape” scene. The foreground vegetation first caught my attention. But it was the chaotic beauty of the full view that really impressed me.
This is one of those areas that has only recently been transformed into a recreational area with paved trails for biking, walking, running; whatever. Since the location is right next to the Tar river, the growth is pretty dense and looks like it’s been wild for a long time.
Processing: I loaded five exposures from -1 ev to +1 ev at .5 ev intervals into Nik HDR Efex Pro and used Control Points to emphasize the texture in the foreground and balance some very deep shadows in the trees. In Adobe Photoshop CS6, I applied Hue/Saturation to correct the colors for an overall, warm look. I used High Pass filter for sharpening and the Gamma setting in Exposure to lighten the image just a bit. Since this image was taken at a 20mm zoom setting, I used Lens Correction to adjust the visual perspective. I retained some of the wide angle look but brought the distortion down to a more realistic expression.
Continuing with a little Photoshop experimentation, I converted this to greyscale and then duotone for this black/cyan version.
Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at 20mm, f/11, ISO 400.