17 Jan 2009 • 1,126 views
This is the view when I go out of my office. I have to admit, together with the snow and an ultra wide angle lens, it looks much more impressive than in reality. Though everyday when I drive to or from my work, I'm thinking how I could turn this nice farmer land into something more magical. Enjoy it!
TECH-INFO: When taking pictures with a tripod I always use a cable release and a level (unless I forget them). Here I shot 7 JPGs with a stop difference.
With Photomatrix Pro I merged them into HDR file and tone mapped it to a 16 TIFF file. The goal was the reveal the sun and preserve the textures of the land.
In Photoshop I processed the sky and ground differently. For both I used the curve tool but for the sky I boosted mainly the dark tones, for the land the brighter ones. The sky got a bunch of extra vibrancy. I wanted the make the snow brighter and the ground darker hence I used the selective color tool where. The blacks got more black the whites less black.
Finally I added a more experimental looking vignette. It is partially hand painted (you could say decorated) and by using an HSL overlay layer where I decreased the lightness and normal HSL layer where I decreased the saturation fully (the overlay layer was coloring my snow to blue).
VFXY: also submitted for VFXY theme Deep Space
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