Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Barneveld, WI
Date: Jan 8, 2011
Galleries: Architecture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2011
|I learned of Hyde's Mill from looking through some local flickr groups, and I knew I just had to shoot it. After looking it up in Google Maps to figure out where it was, I made a plan to head out there early one Saturday morning. I thought the mill was on the north side of the road, so I expected some nice lighting conditions. I arrive, and it's on the south side of the road. D'oh! So I grabbed my new polarizing filter to try to bring color back to the sky (the sun is just over the hill). That seemed to work, so I grabbed a bunch of shots from all different angles. As it turns out, the first angle I chose was by far my favorite.
On my way back home, I stopped at various locations, when something caught my eye. I got to see some bald eagles, enormous hawks, and cool countryside. But in the end, this mill stood above all else for the best of the trip and month.
* White Balance
* Decrease exposure but increase brightness
* Increase black point
* Topaz adjust to start bringing out the details and colors
* Topaz detail to really highlight the details, and modify the tones somewhat
* Topaz adjust again to even out the exposure a bit and deepen the colors
* Clone out a power line running above the stream
* Increase definition
* Decrease saturation a bit but increase vibrancy
* S curve for contrast
* Export to TIFF
* Resize to 1600 px
* Sharpen Edges
* Resize to 800 px
* Save as JPG
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