Along Dallas Divide

© Ken Smith

Along Dallas Divide

Uploaded: August 04, 2014 03:23:59 | Entered: August 04, 2014 03:23:59


In the San Juan Mountains, southwestern Colorado. HDR for the monthly theme.

I often use HDR for my landscape shots, especially if a brighter sky is involved. I use Photomatix software (although there are a variety of HDR programs, including Photoshop and lately, newer cameras have an HDR mode). The advantage of HDR is that it balances exposure throughout the scene. Often, a single image will have proper exposure in the sky, and silhouettes in the foreground. Or, the foreground will be exposed properly, but the sky will be washed out. HDR allows you to chose the best of both worlds.

The main thing is to have several exposures from the same position. You can do this via exposure bracketing, or take the parent RAW image and expose it multiple time. Ultimately, I strive for exposures at -1, 0, and +1. But depending on the scene, I may do five exposures at 2/3rd stop.

Next, I call up Photomatix and highlight the photos I want to use. Photomatix has several options fo

Exif: F Number: 18, ExposureTime: 1/80 seconds, ISO: 250, FocalLength: 35.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III


Debbie Bray August 04, 2014

A beautiful scene Ken, I love the rails leading your eye into the field and mountain behind. Beautiful colours too! #1581636

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe August 04, 2014

Fabulous shot, Ken! And nice tutorial on the HDR. #11100926

Michelle Alton August 04, 2014

I agree with Carolyn. The realistic HDR that you strive for is fantastic. In this case I love the composition and the view through the fence! #11100928

Colette M. Metcalf August 04, 2014

I love everything about this!! Very nice capture, Ken! #11100933

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe August 04, 2014

Great HDR capture and MT. HDRs are fine as long as they look natural but so many don't. Then they are a turn off to me. Yours are natural looking. Good job. #11100955

Joy Rector August 04, 2014

gorgeous shot #11100973

Michael Frazier level-classic August 04, 2014

Nice capture of the San Juan's Sr. I agree with Tammy also your HDR looks natural. #11101052

JO ANN CLEVELAND August 04, 2014

A fave Ken, this is absolutely gorgeous, loved the info too you provided!

jo ann c. #11101153

Leslie McLain level-deluxe August 04, 2014

Beautiful capture and perspective , Ken. #11101598

Terry Cervi level-classic August 04, 2014

Just beautiful, Ken! #11101754

JO ANN CLEVELAND September 21, 2014

Congrats on this great Finalist Ken, bet we see it againtoo! #11139208

John Connolly September 21, 2014

A fantastic scene and congratulations on your finalist award Ken! #11139552

Joannie Bertucci level-classic September 21, 2014

Obviously you don't mean Dallas Texas Ken! :-) Stellar composition and beautiful HDR work! Congrats on your finalist! :-) #11140029

Leslie McLain level-deluxe September 21, 2014

Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Ken. #11140043

Patrick Rouzes level-classic September 22, 2014

CONGRATS on the incredible finalist, Ken. #11140745

Carol Eade level-addict September 24, 2014

Beautiful finalist, Ken, congratulations. Love how natural this looks. #11143290

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