Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday Photoshop Q&A - What Happened To The Fall Colors


Luckily, the fall foliage season seems to be a little delayed in the southern Northeast USA.  Such was not the case in Bar Harbor Maine and Acadia National Park last week.  We arrived on a rainy Friday afternoon just in time to take a bus tour of the Park.  At one point I asked the driver/tour guide if this was a "trust tour".  He asked what I meant.  I told him every time we got to what was supposed to be a great view it was almost as if he'd say "trust me, there's a great view to the left or to the right".  The fog or low lying clouds were so dense that none of the views were visible.  What we did see, close to the road, was impressive and the promise of good photo ops once the fog had lifted was high.  The fog and rain didn't lift until overnight and a bright sunrise was the reward.  Unfortunately, so were some high winds.  As much as 60 MPH in gushes all day long.  The great color we did see on Friday was pretty much blown away on Saturday.  Some remained, but it involved a lot more hunting than it did in the rain on Friday.  Saturday night, after dark, I wanted to go up the summit road to Cadillac Mountain.  We stopped at one of the overlooks, I grabbed the tripod and started setting up for a night shot.  The moon was slightly to the right, Bar Harbor to the left, and a beautiful seascape filling in in between.  After almost being blown off the side of the mountain I thought better of trying for that shot that night.  We finally started getting some good shots on Sunday.  Today's image comes from the road going from Trenton down to Bar Harbor.  We spotted two photographers shooting on our way off the island and stopped to try our luck on the way back.  To learn the story of today's image and the processing involved, hit the "Read More".

Today's image is a five shot HDR.  The kayaker was slowly coming out from his put in site and his forward movement was minimal.  Adobe Photoshop CS5's HDR Pro's Remove Ghost function eliminate the multiple exposures while keeping the density of the HDR composite. 
The only Hue/Saturation adjustment made were to the Red, Yellow and Green colors.  After the first shot at it, the blue was too pastel and the Luminance had to be reduced to produce a more natural looking sky.
It's a pretty straight forward image for me.

Today's image is a five shot HDR.  The kayaker was slowly coming out from his put in site and his forward movement was minimal.  Adobe Photoshop CS5's HDR Pro's Remove Ghost function eliminate the multiple exposures while keeping the density of the HDR composite. 

The only Hue/Saturation adjustment made were to the Red, Yellow and Green colors.  After the first shot at it, the blue was too pastel and the Luminance had to be reduced to produce a more natural looking sky.

It's a pretty straight forward image for me.

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