Final HDR Friday – West Virginia Cemetery

Mar 18, 2011 | misc

Here is the final image of the graveyard from West Virginia, processed from Monday’s Photomatix only HDR photo. As cool as this photo was it was a little tricky working with it because of the colors. This photo probably would have been better in black and white. I have a hard time converting any photos to monochrome, I’m just not a big black and white fan. However I do appreciate a good black and white photo when I see it.I think the one thing that bothers me about this photo is the bright white areas in the clouds. Most likely I’ll go back and fix that… hell, I’ll probably go back and reprocesses the whole image. I was sorta in a rush to get this photo posted because of it being so perfect, scenery wise. I feel this image has great potential, it’s just a matter of processing it properly to bring out the life from within the photo.This photo was taken last year during my visit to West Virginia with a couple of photographer friends. We went to West Virginia to photograph the fall leaves. Unfortunately for us there was a drought causing the leaves to be less vibrant. I was was only able to get a handful of decent shots for the blog, nevertheless I had a great time and found West Virginia to be one of the most friendly places that I’ve ever been to in the states.

Photomatix Monday and Final HDR Friday was designed to show people how much processing goes into each image. By doing this you can see the amount of work involved, some more than others.

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Software Used for Processing Photo:
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.

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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: West Virginia Cemetery