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♫ ♫ Natalie Merchant - San Andreas Fault ♫ ♫

The body of water to the left is Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo, CA. The reservoir sits in a small valley formed by the San Andreas Fault.

My recipe for this shot:
1. I started with 7 source images, which I processed in Photomatix Pro and exported to a 16-bit TIFF file.
2. I imported the TIFF into Lightroom and basically just did spot removal and lightly reduced the noise before exporting it to JPEG.
3. Next I opened the JPEG in Photoshop and used the Unsharp Mask filter, which does a really nice job of sharpening edges without oversharpening. After that, I added my border and logo and ta-da it was ready for upload!

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  1. Rui Trancoso 24 months ago | reply


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  2. -clicking- 24 months ago | reply

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  4. makhshefa 24 months ago | reply

    Love it!
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  5. Jeff_Newman 24 months ago | reply


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  9. Laurent Squarcini 24 months ago | reply

    beautiful capture

  10. Olympe B. 24 months ago | reply

    Fabulous composition and treatment!!

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  14. Alex on holiday 24 months ago | reply

    great picutre - wonderful song
    thanks for sharing in foto feat. musik

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  17. artland 23 months ago | reply

    Congratulations!
    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


    artland

  18. E.Maccanti 23 months ago | reply

    Congratulations!
    This is a wonderful shot!


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  19. jonnyamerica 23 months ago | reply

    Grazie per avere condiviso con noi la tua foto!
    Thanks for sharing with us!



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