I’ve been experimenting a bit with post today. I played with different Lightroom presets, did some more HDR, and merging obscene amounts of photos for panoramas. What I did for each shot is in its caption. Some of these are more extreme than others, so let me know how I did in the comments below.
Karen got to the top first so I took advantage of the sunset.
This was composed from seven horizontal photos stacked vertically in post. I then played with some Lightroom filters, contrast, and vignettes. I was going for a dream-like feeling, but I’m not sure if I completly pulled it off.
Here is the most straightforward image from the day. All I did was increase the sharpness in post and adjust the color balance and saturation.
I found a split tree while were hiking and wanted to emphasize the textures in post using high contrast black and white.
I shot this through a gap in the rocks near one of the caves. The rocks that form the frame are darkened while the area inside has had its saturation and vibrancy increased.
This was another texture shot, except with sandstone instead of wood. I tried a similar technique but the contrast isn’t quite as high.
We got some strange weather Saturday. This photo is a combination composite panorama and HDR. I worry the clouds on the right aren’t quite dark enough.
I wanted to shoot the full effect of standing in these rock formations, which is difficult to do with a 50mm prime lens. I decided to shoot it as multiple photos and edit them in post. I wound up with 28 photos that I put into Photoshop to combine. The image itself was a bit boring but I thought the fact that it turned out was worth sharing a screenshot.