This is another from the Portland, Oregon trip. Do not even ask me what the 3 bridges in this image are named as I have no earthly idea. I should also point out that this was the most sun I saw during that day of shooting. So when I saw it peeking through the clouds and the bridges lined up I took the shot, well several to be honest.
So this is image is unabashedly HDR which I haven’t done in a long time. Not even conscientiously shot in the style which if you don’t shoot HDR means you bracket the images. I use +2, 0, -2 which for me gives the best results but it’s personal preference. So when I loaded the images in Aurora HDR I let it works its magic. The one thing I can say that by not doing HDR in awhile and working on my masking skills I knew what I wanted in my head and for the first time achieve the look. I was making layers and masking them in all over the place. Using a few presets for a start point then masking in a new layer like one called glow to get some glow in the water and another called nuclear green to get it out of the trees (note: trees are really yellow when adjusting hue and saturation). Then finally saved it to a PSD and brought it into Photoshop to remove the noise from the sky using Noiseless Pro. Once I was happy it was save and done.
While not 100% happy close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades.