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Chasing Rainbows

© 2008 Gert van Duinen. All rights reserved.

 

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Description: Chasing landscapes and rainbows this evening at deserted places in Germany's Emsland. Single shots from machine guns was a really romantic experience during this exploration. No wonder these signs saying "Halt Lebensgefahr!" were everywhere :).

 

Technique: Two different versions of Tone-Mapped images - strong and low contrast - were blend together in PS for further enhancements such as a Levels layer to slightly darken the overall scene and a custom Curve to introduce some extra global contrast as well.

 

A Selective Color layer was used to brighten the whites. For me this technique serves much more control then simply adjusting the overall temperature. I used Image > Apply Image... two times in separate layers, the first layer was used for luminous noise removal caused by the small camera sensor and the other for selectively sharpening the scene with the High Pass filter in Vivid Colors layer mode, which was masked out later to safe the background trees from sharpening halos. To finish off, a Hue/Saturation layer together with a Selective Color layer were used to mimic a Dark Salmon filter for the overall hue. See ya.

 

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Location: near Kathen-Siedlung at a military area.

Exposure settings: 1/80s, f/8, ISO 50, Bias: -/+2 EV.

 

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Taken on June 17, 2007