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Eastern Sierra's Hot Creek | by Dave Toussaint (www.photographersnature.com)
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Eastern Sierra's Hot Creek

Looking west from Owens River Road we see Hot Creek with Mammoth Mountains in the background. A gorgeous area at anytime of the year. Strangely enough, being June 1st, snow was falling by the time I got back to the highway at the base of the mountains.

 

This is an HDR shot, but not. The bottom half of the photo was processed from 3 images using HDR Soft's Photomatix, while the upper half is from a single image. The overall the image was processed using Topaz Labs software and Photoshop.

 

The mild HDR processing on the bottom half gave it some "pop" I was looking for.

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Taken on June 1, 2011