[fancy_header type=”3″] City of Millionaires[/fancy_header]
Why Colorado Springs is called the “City of Millionaires”? I have no idea! But what I know is that I do not like to take pictures during the daytime. I also do not like to take photographs under blue sky. Both conditions is the worst!
Well, I cannot change the weather! So when I was there I was faced with both the conditions. I cannot drive there to see the beautiful landscape and just go home and tell everybody
[blockquote animation=”fadeInUp”]I did not take any photographs because it was daytime and sunny. But it was beautiful…[/blockquote]
I brought my Sony A7R and the 24-70mm lens and did the same as I do as usual:
F-Stop at 9 or 11
Bracketing enabled at -2,0,+2
Under daylight conditions, I do not need a tripod because there is enough light. The “problem” started back home when I post processed those photographs – First I imported the images into Adobe Lightroom and started changing a few things like “Profile Correction” or “White Balance”. Then I exported the images to Photomatix Pro. This is where the trouble starts, not because of Photomatix, because of HDR respectively the algorithm that creates the photograph. Blue sky and HDR never work, there are always halo rings between the sky and another object.
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You almost never see me doing HDR photos and blue sky. The same by the way goes for skin. HDR and skin does not work at all!
How do I post process photograph under conditions when I do not even like to take them?
I simply do not create an HDR version out of my photos taken. I take 3 photos at the location but how says that I have to create an HDR? Nobody.
For me, there are two option when it comes to landscape, no cloud day photographs.
Texture is answer number one. Texture in a photograph adds the missing part on the blue sky. There is no drama in the sky, let me bring that in using textures in Adobe Photoshop.
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There is going to be a youtube tutorial on textures soon. It will be published in my blog, so worries, you do not have to go somewhere else.
The second way to post process (to me boring) photographs is creating a black and white version out of it. There is also many way how to do that! I prefer using Adobe Lightroom for this. First, I adjust the photograph by using the sliders, even when I want to create a black and white photo! From there, it is very simple using Adobe Lightroom to create a non-colored photograph by clicking on the “B/W” button and adjust its look.
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