Here is my another experiment with luminosity masking technique. In this case, I only needed 2 exposures to create the final image. I used the darkest bracket (-1EV) to recover highlights of the sunset, the area above the horizon.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 17-70
Focal Length: 19mm
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: Digital Blending with Luminosity Masks
Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, basic color correction.
I opened 3 bracketed photos directly in Photoshop and placed each image on the separate layer. Then, I used luminosity masking techniques to creat the final HDR image. In the middle of the processing I realized that the light was not too dynamic and I only needed 2 exposures to achieve the final effect. I used -1 and 0 exposures and discarded +1 one.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, ice)
- I used Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software enhance details and contrast, in ice surface area. I used following filetes: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer.