Well who says HDR has to be dune using diff exposures or using a single RAW file and save it at diffrent EV's, that just sounds like too much work for me
I was out shooting today and took some shots of the sunset, and i wasn't really happy with what the camera captured, so i decided to tweak it till i was i saw what i saw.
Here is the original shot, quite boring if you ask me barley any colors no textures..blaah
So what i did is that i saved me RAW file as a 16 TIF file, and opened it in Photomatix, toned map it just a bit to give it a bit more of texture and enhance a few colors.
Then i saved as a 16bit TIF and moved into photoshop. Now here is where the fun starts!
-High pass filter to get those textures out a bit, or more then just a bit used something like 3 or 4 cant recall.
-Added a digital ND grad filter (Digital ND filter
) but i did it a bit diff, i used blue instead of black.
-Added a digital polarizing filter (mostly at the top of the image, decreased the opacity on the bottom (here is an example of how to do it
-Then i added a new gradient to give the image some warmth, because it was truly warm outside and i had that feeling going through my body so why not?!
-Then i cloned out the top of the pole, didn't really like it, it just cut of the image horribly!
-Dodge and burned a bit, to decrease increase shadows
-Played around with the shadows and highlight layer mask
-Adjusted the saturation a bit, increased, it and increased the contrast
-Adjusted the colors using selective coloring (not fully satisfied with the over exposed middle part tho)
-Forgot to mention the crop and the straightening
and here is what i go
What do you think?