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When taking photos, especially landscapes, I will usually bracket my exposures. This is not just so I can create a HDR image, but it does give me the option if I want. It is more to make sure that I have got the right exposure. It also helps when editing, sometimes making an underexposed image brighter gives a different image to a “correctly” exposed image being darkened to the same value.
The image I am editing today was the underexposed image from the bracket. Taken in Zdrowie Park but from the other end that I took the shot for a previous After and Before forum post.
First I set the profile of the image to landscape and clicked the lens corrections boxes. I also increased the exposure.
I added a gradient bringing the centre of it to the horizon line and the end point to about the midway of the foreground. I lowered the highlights to reveal more detail in the sky, I opened the shadows to get more detail from the trees and lowered the exposure to darken the area a bit. I also added some midtone contrast with clarity and added some more warmth.
The last step with the Gradient was stylistic; I added a pale orange colour cast.
With my base work done I added a Kodachrome 25 preset for colour toning. I selectively increased the blue saturation and adjusted the orange and green hues to make them balance more. I also increased the clarity and vibrance to give the image a kick.
I added a curve to brighten the whole image but more especially reduced the contrast in the blacks.
I wanted to emphasise the focus point where all the leading lines converge. I added a radial tool and reduced the exposure. This gave the effect similar to a very large vignette but more subtle.
Finally I sharpened the image and worked to reduce chromatic aberrations.
The picture was taken at the beginning of Golden Hour, but the colours were missing from the shot. In adding the warmer tones it emphasises that. The green in the works well with the orange and the subtle blue in the sky gives some relief from the stronger colours. For me this is one of my best images of the season so far.
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