This is an interesting exercise / study on photography and post processing.
I took both photos from exactly the same spot (slightly different focal length 16mm vs 17mm), in the middle of the winter, at the same time of the day, but two years apart. The big difference in the landscape appearance is that two years ago we could hardly see any snow, but this year it was frozen solid from the middle of November until the very end of March.
Also, I used two very different processing methods for each photograph. For this year’s photo I used an HDR Photography workflow, using Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop. As you can see, I processed it heavily in Photomatix; the colors are vibrant, and the details in foreground are prominent.
For the older photo, I used an “old school” single RAW Lightroom processing technique. To achieve the warm, softer look I used the Split Toning feature in Lightroom. At this point I am not sure which one I like better. They look very different, but I kind of like them both.
What about you?
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 16mm
Bracketing: 5 shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used only 4 exposures out of 5 I originally took ( -2, -1, 0, +1 ) Since the sun was already below the horizon, 4 images were more than enough to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom.
Lightroom: color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, straightening, contrast.
– Topaz DeNoise since I processed image heavily in Photomatix and Lightroom, I had to apply very aggressive settings to reduce the noise in the sky and water areas
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in following elements: grass, trees.
Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, straightening, split toning
– Topaz DeNoise since original image had lots of noise I had apply very aggressive setting in Topaz DeNoise and later masking foreground elements.