Challenge: A Single Tree (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Virginia - Shenandoah National Forest
Date: Sep 5, 2006
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2006
|RawShooter essentials 2006
- Appearance : Strong
- convert to TIFF
Post-Processed with Paint Shop Pro X
- Clone cleanup
- Brightness & Contrast : Clarify +20 to sky/clouds
- Opacity 89%
- Neat Image
- Fill flash +10, -10 sat
- Hue & Saturation : (Ylw -10)
- Levels (0,1,240)
- Hue & Saturation : (Blue -3)
- Brightness & Contrast : B/C (8,0)
Duplicate Mask Tree layer
- Burn mode 40% opacity
- Neat Image
- Curves (auto lighten)
- Brightness & Contrast : B/C (0,50)
- Brightness & Contrast : HMS (-30,30,30)
- Hue & Saturation : HSL (Blue -30)
- Digital Camera Noise Reduction (35,35,35,35,0,61,321)
Brightness & Contrast : Histogram (0,1,215)
Noise Reduction : Salt & Pepper (1,1)
Save as JPG
Duplicate Mask Sky layer
- Dodge pine tree
- Burn background trees lower left
- Opacity 34%
Ok...this is getting nuts. Got out of bed at 3:30am to drive 50 miles in a rainstorm so heavy the windshield wipers could barely keep up. Get to the mountains and the fog is so thick you can't see the front of the vehicle! It's still raining. I'm hoping the rain lets up enough and the sky brightens enough, to get a shot of this tree.
Eventually the rain becomes a mist - out I go with umbrella and rain gear. Hop the overlook rock wall, hike along the hillside trying to stay upright. Finally reach a vantage point that allows me to setup the tripod and isolate the tree against the clouds and valley below. Once the sky started clearing, it cleared FAST! I only got 4 or 5 shots off before the valley was totally exposed below and the clouds cleared out totally.
Previous visit to this location in May 20, for the Shenandoah GTG, prompted this special trip.
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