During my latest trip, the luck finally was on my side; the weather was relatively favorable and I had the entire day to explore beautiful red rocks.
I took the featured photo during the descent to the bottom of the Bryce Canyon along the Navajo Loop Trail. The rain stopped 10-15min before I started the hike and the deep blue colors of the sky in the combination with the white clouds created a perfect backdrop for the orange rocks in the foreground.
When I analyzed the scene, just before start shooting, I could see that I would have to shoot for HDR. The foreground rock wall was much darker than the sky in the background. The light was too dynamic for the single shot.
I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod.
This is the first photo on my blog which was merged to HDR in Lightroom. As you may know, Adobe added to recently released Lightroom 6, new HDR Merge module. I am still experimenting with this new feature but so far I like what I see and I am planning to use it on a regular basis. ( You can find my review here: Adobe Lightroom 6 Review – New Features).
In Lightroom, I selected 3 bracketed photos and sent them to Photo Merge HDR.
Lightroom merged 3 bracketed photos and created new HDR image (DNG).
Processing: Lightroom HDR Preset Based Workflow
Lightroom: import, tagging, HDR Merge, preset based processing (Natural preset from Landscape Collection)
Photoshop: contrast, color correction. I used the Stamp Tool to mask the person walking along the path.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks).