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HDR Photography – The Dragon’s Cave
Blending Light HDR Photography “The Dragon’s Cave” Here’s a shot that I took of Lower Antelope Canyon in Arizona. I photographed Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon on two separate days in December and I had a fantastic time! I booked two separate Photography Tours a month in advance to ensure my spot. Knowing I was going to share and sell these images in the future, I contacted Navajo Nations Parks and applied for a photography permit. December is a great time to visit the area because there are less people and the color in the canyon is more intense. During the winter, the sun casts an even light which creates a warm glow throughout. You’re less likely to catch a sunbeam, but you will experience the canyons in a “whole new light!” This particular shot is looking up through an opening where the sun is casting a beautiful orange glow on the sandstone. After spending a few extra minutes composing my shot, I was able to frame the ceiling to look like an opening in a cave. Once I started to process the image, I realized that the shot looked like something out of a fantasy novel. I asked myself what might live in this magical cave, and of course a fire breathing dragon came to mind! lol
Post Processing “The Dragon’s Cave” – I took three bracketed exposures EV (-2, 0, +2) and I used my Lightroom Presets on a single exposure (EV, 0) to get some interesting and creative looks. Next I combined the original three EV (-2, 0, +2) RAW files into Aurora HDR and Photomatix Presets to create a couple of interesting HDR versions! Finally, I mixed all my different “versions” into Photoshop to get the final image!
- Camera: Sony a7r II
- Lens: FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
- Settings: f/8, 16mm, Time: 1.6s ISO: 100
- Edit: Lightroom Presets
- Edit: Aurora HDR Presets
- Edit: Photomatix Presets
- Edit: Photoshop
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