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Look Up! | by Michael Bollino
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Look Up!

On previous visits to this falls I had visualized this exact shot, but knew handling the contrast between the upper trees and sky would be problematic. There was no way I could pull it off using a grad or even by blending exposures (at least with my PS skills). Photomatix (yes, Photomatix) has a feature called Exposure Fusion that has now changed the way I approach shooting high contrast scenes such as this. Before I go on -- this is NOT HDR! I don't do HDR period. It's a two exposure blend, one for the falls/ vegetation and the other for detail in the sky. All in all I think the program handled the scene rather well. The gap between what I want to capture and what I can capture just got a little smaller.


Kind of curious what others think. Feedback on this image is welcome. The key for me is making sure the dynamic range between the two exposures looks nearly natural.

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Taken on April 17, 2010