Monday, September 15, 2008

The Wrath of God

This is a shot I took in France a couple of years ago. I reprocessed it over the weekend, and I'm much happier with the result. The older version was processed on an older computer - with an inferior monitor - and I have a few new PS techniques in my repertoire now, as well. The stormy sky was so amazing that day, and it was difficult to bring out the spectacular beauty without destroying the rest of the image. So - here it is - new and improved... The Wrath of God.

Processing the shot was difficult because I was dealing with a broad range of light. The shadows in the foreground were deep, but the highlight area of the sky was bright, filtered sunlight. In order to blend the image satisfactorily, I needed to process the original RAW file twice. First, I processed the foreground - making sure I had good detail in my shadows.The sky was relatively easy to process separately, since it was so dramatic on it's own. Combining the two exposures was more difficult. I layered the two images and then created a complex mask that allowed the two exposures to share the final image without creating halos or other distractions. What do you think?

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Will said...

Hey Varina, How've you been? I read your post about blending 2 exposures. Have you tried lightroom 2? The new tools in this version are pretty impressive and allow you to basically paint exposure adjustments on your raw files without changing them. It is really neat. Great shot as always I subscribe to your RSS feed so I keep up to date will your posts ;-)
-Will

September 15, 2008 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Hi Will! Great to hear from you! We're doing well - but itching to get back on the road again! It's been too long since our last photographic trip!

I'm going to have to take a look at Lightroom 2. I keep hearing good things about it. I want to see what it's RAW capabilities are.

Thanks for subscribing to my blog - I'm glad there's SOMEBODY out there reading it! :)

Varina

September 15, 2008 at 1:31 PM  

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