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Evening on the Prairie
Lens: DA 40 Limited Camera: Kx Photo Location: Northern Colorado ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Colorado CJ, 12-17-2010, 08:47 AM

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12-17-2010, 12:58 PM   #2
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I love the sky in this photo. I haven't ventured into HDR yet, but I bet this could've been a good candidate.
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This would indeed be a decent landscape if for a better exposed foreground and less highlight burning of the sky - HDR may improve this, but it would almost certainly need significant foreground dodging to bring out some of those details out of the shadows.
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It works well in a 2:1 wide-screen format from the top. The bottom inch of foreground is rather immaterial.

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Wow, that's dramatic! I love that sky!
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Great shot. very soothing
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
HDR may improve this, but it would almost certainly need significant foreground dodging to bring out some of those details out of the shadows.
Noooo, please do not ruin this beautiful shot with HDR. Selective brightening of the foreground should be sufficient. I know coz I tried it:

1. In Photoshop, select foreground using Quick Selection Tool
2. Apply curve layer to brighten selected foreground.
Blur layer selection to avoid halo.
Set layer to Luminosity.
3. Create a duplicate layer of resulting image
Set to to Soft Light to deepen contrast and retain the dark mood.
4. Add a Hue/Saturation layer to punch it up a tad.

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