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Cloudy Valley Sunrise
Cloudy Valley Sunrise

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Challenge: Free Study 2013-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: 3 Sisters, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Date: Apr 17, 2013
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: HDR 3-exposure
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2013

The mornings here in Katoomba are pretty good, you often get clouds in the valley during sunrise which is always nice. Tends to last a few hours, but is always best just as the sun breaks so that the light rakes across nicely.

Editing in Photoshop:
1. HDR Tone mapped using Photomatix
2. USM with big radius to add "pop" - big difference, am starting to use it more and more (using a smart filter on base layer)
3. Curves to darken the mountains on the left
4. Curves to darken foreground trees
5. Curves to darken sky with a gradient
6. Selective High pass filter sharpening of the mountains on the right to get a little more detail in them
7. Colour balance, and adjust highlights towards yellow for a more sunrisey feel

I do wish I did a little more noise reduction, but couldn't get it quite the way I wanted... Shot @ ISO 100, so I'm not sure why its turned out so noisy after the tone map... Also decided to leave the flare in... thought it added a nice touch

Place: 40 out of 201
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Votes: 100
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2013 11:16:37 PM
Looks like a land from a fairy tale. At some level I can't wait for the giant beanstalk to break through the clouds.
05/03/2013 09:29:23 PM
You have to love the Three Sisters on a foggy autumn morning. I'm voting on your image in the airport at Los Angeles waiting for my plane and this has made me even more homesick. Lovely image.

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