Sunday, September 13, 2009

Autumn is on it's way! Some nice waterfall pictures too.

I decided on this post I would share some of the photoshop methods I use to get the results. I use photoshop CS2.

This has very little post processing into it. It was very foggy and I knew that it was just about the exact look I wanted. The only thing I added was a curves adjustment layer, and in RGB channel just made a point in the center of the line and pulled it to the left to enhance the midtones a bit. I normally want contrasty images but this I needed to preserve its washy appearance.

This is an HDR image. I composited three exposures with EV values +2, 0, -2. I don't remember the aperture/shutter speed but most likely it was F9 1/160.

I tone mapped it using DPHDR, then brought it into photoshop and masked various parts of the trees into separate layers, giving each layer a different S curve on the RGB channel. I always use Neat Image noise reduction on my HDR skies, mostly luminance reduction.

I originally shot 5 different exposures on this, planning for an HDR composite. I really wanted to give the basin area a darker look than the sky, so I instead went with only using the -2 EV shot, and brought out the highlights using a duplicate layer shadow/highlight command at 100%. The colors were still pretty vivid, so I had to mute them changing the curve in the Green channel. The sky is so vivid mainly due to a polarising filter.

Using channel mixer, I set to monochrome and pushed the reds up highest, greens negative and blues slightly postive, making sure to retain a 100% mix so as not to oversaturate anything. Then a quick adjustment layer in curves with a slight S curve. (quick tip, drag the mouse over the areas you want accentuated, and see where the range is on the curve. Then steepen only that section of the curve. If you need more drastic change within a certain area, I always mask off the section and apply curves directly to it alone.

This one was really time consuming. A lot of curves work and masks. every color you see here was masked off and worked on with curves. I added an overall light green color cast but kept good contrast range within the tree shadows and the leaves.


Mr. Condescending September 13, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

sorry I also posted these up on the other blog, but I wanted to keep them on here as well.

Tennyson ee Hemingway September 14, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

All the time you take is definitely worth it.

Lisa September 14, 2009 at 5:06 AM  

All of them are so beautiful! Love the foggy one.

Natalie September 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

The first picture reminds me of the movie "The Others", when the dead husband comes back through the mist in the trees.

Guria September 15, 2009 at 7:25 AM  

You know, if I hadn't been a fan of your condescension already, I'd have been a die-hard after I had seen theses autumn photos. :P

Can I use a couple as my wallpaper?! :P

I love autumn. Wish we had autumns like this in India (the tropics, after all). Winters are more beautiful here.

dizzblnd September 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

with or without the explanation of the tweaks.. the pics are gorgeous.

I love them all .. especially the ones full of color!

Mr. Condescending September 20, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

@Tennyson: thanks mate!

@Lisa: aw, and I almost didn't put that foggy one up! It's been the most popular I think.

@Natalie: I totally forgot about that movie, but I loved it! I really got freaked out the time the painting was in the background.

@Guria: You are too kind! :P

You can use any pic of mine you want for your wallpaper, also if you want the full size images, I can always email them to you. I cut these down to about 25% of the original. What is winter like in india?

@Dizz: thanks dizz, and thanks for liking the color ones!

Jaime September 25, 2009 at 8:28 PM  

beautiful pics. where'd you take these?

Siren September 26, 2009 at 6:30 AM  

I like the second one and the 8th one the best. I like the contrast of the colors against the sky at first i thought you used some sort of saturation, but all that stuff you did i have no idea, Maybe after my photography class i will take a photoshop class. I have the program but i use rather simple features.

I like the 8th photo the composition is nice and i like how the focused leaves frame the waterfall in the background and the unfocused leaves balance it out. awesome picture.

can i borrow you for my photography class? [/laugh] I promise i will keep the idiot girl adventures to a minimum and return you home in one piece.

plentymorefishoutofwater October 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM  

Wow these are really special. You're so talented. Keep up the good work.

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