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Old Apr 3, 2010, 1:57 PM   #1
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I took these pictures at Goose Pond Mountain State Park in the Village of Chester yesterday, about 60 miles northwest of NYC. The State of New York is considering closing dozens of state parks. Fortunately, this is not one of them. Still, I'd rather state parks increase and not decrease now that my wife and I have started going to them and enjoy taking pictures of them.

#1. Goose Pond Mountain State Park is made up mostly of swamps.


#2. This wooden bridge which I initially thought was constructed to beautify the park, is actually a necessity. Without it, you will have to walk around wetlands to get anywhere. The bridge is a great way of walking straight through (or on top of) the saturated soil, if you don't mind mosquitos constantly buzzing in your ears.


#3. I came at the "golden hour" to shoot the sunset, but it turns out the park is actually not a good spot to shoot sunset scenes, at least not in early spring. There's a hill that blocks the sun and casts a shadow on the entire park.


Thank you for looking! C&C welcome.

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Old Apr 3, 2010, 11:32 PM   #2
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Very nice series...
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Old Apr 4, 2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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Thanks, Ancientritual.
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I added three more. Thank you for looking!

#4. Start of the bridge/trail.


#5. Pond.


#6. This may be the park ranger office. It's beside the small parking lot off State Hwy 17M.
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That yellow in two of the pictures - my personal favourite yellow. Can only get it in in-camera .jpg

As soon as I open a RAW (.CR2) file the colour is changed. What's your experience

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Nice series, Vvcarpio! I really like these.

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Torgny, I didn't have any issues with yellow (or any) color disappearing from a raw file. So I'm not sure what would cause it in your case.

Are you referring to the yellow glow in the sky? I count three pictures with a yellow glow (instead of 2 like you said) so I'm not sure if that's what you mean.

If it is, I notice that DPHDR's "auto-adaptive" tonemap combined with PSE7's "Adjust Lighting"->"Levels" makes skies glow. Here's the "auto-adaptive" DPHDR output that I used to create image #3:

#7.


After using PSE7's "Adjust Lighting"->"Levels" and setting it to a value of .40 (from 1.0), it turns into this:

#8.


Notice how the sky appears to glow. It doesn't do that with DPHDR's "eye-catching" tonemap.

Using PSE7's "Adjust Color"->"Remove color cast" and clicking on a gray area on the wooden bridge, it turns into this:

#9.

Among the 6 pics, only the last one is from a single raw file. I basically loaded the raw file three times into PSE, each time saving as a new file with a different ev value: -2ev, 0ev, and +2ev. I then loaded the three images into DPHDR.

Because it was starting to get dark, my camera's original pics also have a bluish tint. I used PSE's white balance to adjust them to what I think are their more natural colors.

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Thanks a lot, Ned!
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Torgny, I didn't have any issues with yellow (or any) color disappearing from a raw file. So I'm not sure what would cause it in your case.

Are you referring to the yellow glow in the sky? I count three pictures with a yellow glow (instead of 2 like you said) so I'm not sure if that's what you mean.

If it is, I notice that DPHDR's "auto-adaptive" tonemap combined with PSE7's "Adjust Lighting"->"Levels" makes skies glow. Here's the "auto-adaptive" DPHDR output that I used to create image #3:

#7.


After using PSE7's "Adjust Lighting"->"Levels" and setting it to a value of .40 (from 1.0), it turns into this:

#8.


Notice how the sky appears to glow. It doesn't do that with DPHDR's "eye-catching" tonemap.

Using PSE7's "Adjust Color"->"Remove color cast" and clicking on a gray area on the wooden bridge, it turns into this:

#9.

Among the 6 pics, only the last one is from a single raw file. I basically loaded the raw file three times into PSE, each time saving as a new file with a different ev value: -2ev, 0ev, and +2ev. I then loaded the three images into DPHDR.

Because it was starting to get dark, my camera's original pics also have a bluish tint. I used PSE's white balance to adjust them to what I think are their more natural colors.

vv,

Yes, sometimes you have to help the camera. Thanks for sharing the workflow

The end result is very "real" - You must be really "observant" and have a good memory

There is an even lighter yellow, like lemon with a little green. Also like that colour

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Wow! You really have to work from RAW to HDR.
Love them all but #4 and #5 are my choices.
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