Dolly Sods Wilderness West Virginia

May 29, 2011 | Landscapes & Scenery, Sunrises & Sunsets

I’ve been feeling a lot better since I stopped posting all those gloomy photos of rain and thunderstorm. Coincidence… maybe so… but as long as I’m getting better, that’s all that matters ;-)

I found this sunset in the archive from my trip to West Virgina. I remembered this sunset because it was the sunset that didn’t happened, but did. We never saw the sun set but it still ended up being a beautiful day in it’s own unique way.

This HDR photo was taken high up in the mountains of West Virginia in a place called Dolly Sods Wilderness. Up there it’s a whole new world. One would imagine up in the mountains being nothing but peaks and trees but Dolly Sods was different. It was like a land before time.

This photo was processed using Photoshop Elements and my Captain Kimo Action. I’ve been using Elements more and more lately. I’ve been trying to maintain my processing to a minimum. So far Photoshop Elements has given me everything I need to produce HDR photos like this!

Learn Captain Kimo’s HDR techniques with his e-book…
“Secrets to Mastering HDR Photography”

Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Dolly Sods, West Virginia