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Sunset at Trillium Lake with Mount Hood - HDR

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This picture was shot on a tripod with nine exposures (-4..-3..-2..-1..0..+1..+2..+3..+4 EV). I used Photomatix to create the HDR with tonemapping and detail enhanced. I increased the overall saturation with Hue/Saturation in Photoshop. 1 layer mask to increase the contrast of Mount Hood. 1 layer mask to increase color saturation and contrast of the sky and the reflection. Curve adjustment to increase the overall contrast. 1 layer mask in soft light mode at 50% gray, using brush tool to lighten and darken some areas of the image, to bring out details. Used Nik Sharpener Pro to sharpen image.

 

After dinner, we decided last minute to drive up to Trillium Lake to catch some sunset. It turned out to be a great move. Gary Randall was there all alone with his two dogs. He was so glad to see some living and breathing souls pulling up in a car. Of course, Joe recognized Gary and asked him the age old question. "Are you Gary Randall?" Everything went downhill from there as you can see from my shot! Haha! You can see Gary's version by clicking HERE. Presented in full HDR!

 

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Taken on July 25, 2010