After a week of not seeing the sun - what a beautiful Saturday! Spent most of the day walking the local parks, looking at leaves and playing with camera settings.
One of the parks has a walking bridge over the Flint River. This is a tough place to shoot, lots of shadows and physically tough angles. And it is a popular place, lots of traffic.
But once you get there, the payoff can be good.
Here is the original raw image:
And the histogram:
Focal Length 24mm
Focal Length (35 mm) 36 mm
Overall the lighting is about where I like it - nothing blown out on the lights or darks. I used a polarizer filter because as a general rule anytime I'm around water I use it. The polarizer also really brings out the blues of the sky. Being that it is a fall season photo, the tree colors are the wild west as to what can be done.
The bridge is the tough part - really dark. I know the colors are there, just have to get them. To get the detail and light of the bridge, I used Elements raw editor. I created two additional images with an EV of +2 and +4. These are the images:
In the +4 image, there is really good detail in the bridge. I took the original image, plus these two and pushed them through my HDR software. (My plan B was to use the +4, but I do like the detail the HDR processing does and in this case it worked.)
This is what I pulled from the HDR software.:
I don't really care about any of the other objects or colors - bridge only. I will use this as my first visible layer and place the image with all the other objects processed the way I like then over top if this image. And I removed the bridge.
And when all the processing is completed - This is it.
All in all it works well for me. Still a bit on the dark side, but that was the environment in the trees.Good walk for the day - and a good memory.