Shallow Falls Maryland Waterfall Sunray

I shot this photo last year during my trip up to West Virgina. This waterfall was part of Shallow Falls National Park in Maryland. Shallow Falls has a few different types of waterfalls, this was the first of many that I would see along the hiking path.

When I came up to this waterfall I knew I was going to do something cool with it. Back then I wasn’t thinking about sun rays, but now that I have a little more experience doing them, I thought it would look great in this HDR photo.

Sun rays aren’t as hard as you might think they are to make. The hardest part I found with creating them is blending them into the photo so they look like part of the image. I plan on doing a tutorial on it but right now I’m so busy with all my other projects that it’ll have to wait. Make sure you sign-up for my monthly newsletter so when it is done you’ll be one of the first to know about it!

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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.
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: Shallow Falls, Maryland

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