Grandfather Mountain, Linville, North Carolina

Aug 5, 2011 | Landscapes & Scenery

I am going to switch things up for a change and move ahead to Grandfather Mountain, which was part of my recent trip to North Carolina. I think posting too many waterfall shots back to back might get everyone bored so this should make for a good change in scenery. Waterfalls and streams are cool but North Carolina has so much more to offer!

This HDR photo was taken at the top of Grandfather Mountain, a 5000 feet elevation that can literally take your breath away. And for a Floridian like myself, who’s lived in Florida most his life, the hike up was certainly exhausting. The energy drain wasn’t from the hike, which was less than 10 minutes, it was because of the thin air from being up so high.

For processing this image I used my Captain Kimo Photoshop Action, available with my eBook package. I haven’t been using the action lately because I’ve been trying new techniques. But going back to it, I’m amazed at the results, especially for this image.

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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: Grandfather Mountain, Linville, North Carolina