Bridge in Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden at Sunset - HDR

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This picture was shot on a tripod with three exposures (-2..0..+2EV). I used Photomatix to create the HDR with tone mapping and detail enhanced. I increased the overall saturation with Hue/Saturation in Photoshop. 1 layer mask to increase color and contrast in the sunset sky. Curve adjustment to increase the overall contrast. Some dodging and burning to bring out details. Used Nik Sharpener Pro to sharpen image.

Was setting up for this shot of the bridge in Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, when this Red-Winged Blackbird male flew into the frame and stood on the post. Long enough for one 3-exposure shots. Must be my lucky day! Presented in full HDR!

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  1. MelissaEmikoPhoto 77 months ago | reply

    you are great in the HDR department! awesome lighting here too! there is lots of great stuff to shoot here in oregon :)

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  6. gianpaolo4 72 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot and composition.

  7. BrandyVSOP 72 months ago | reply

    Best Image I have ever seen of this spot!
    A+++

  8. Harmon Jones 68 months ago | reply

    lovley composition

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  9. Amar.kumar 65 months ago | reply

    suparb shot!!

  10. Jagerlea 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, This image is currently featured on the Emily Dickinson Project as the image associated with Poem 2. To check it out, please click emily-dickinson-project.blogspot.com. Thanks!

  11. TARIQ-M 62 months ago | reply

    Congratulations!
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  12. SJ1225 62 months ago | reply

    A beautiful place with nice view.

  13. lagord5 / 59 months ago | reply

    !!! wonderful !!!

  14. rbdal (Rick Dalrymple) 51 months ago | reply

    Just ran across this one David. I think that while this is a very realistic use of the HDR for me you have more of a painting. The dramatic lighting in the sky and warm tones of light on the Rhododendron are wonderful touches! Rick

  15. Marsmart 45 months ago | reply

    Perfect image!

  16. Achuthanck 43 months ago | reply

    Outstanding image
    Superbly done, my friend

  17. Butch Osborne 43 months ago | reply

    Fabulous shot. Nice color.

  18. trekok, enjoying 41 months ago | reply

    Just all-around excellent! Sincere congrats!!

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