The Back Road
I shot this while I was hiking around Antietam Battlefield. There was such a maze of roads and back roads throughout the park you never knew if you were on public land or private land. I’m sure the people who live there are used to people wandering around unsure. I was on the main trail just shooting down this road.
I’ll be honest and say I’m not 100% sure about this image. It’s a bit bright. This is a byproduct of the HDR conversion which the image obviously is. I tried to tame it as best I could without clipping blacks or messing with color shifts. It is also fairly crispy but that was me desiring to get as much detail out of things as humanly possible. The tree and the wall looked better. Again, this is from the HDR conversion doing weird maths combining images.
I already let on the image is HDR. I used Aurora 2017 to do the conversion. I just play with sliders until I’m happy with the end result and bring it into Photoshop. One of the things I do is now save the file as a PSD then open it. I just found keeping Aurora and Photoshop open just kills my Macbook. It’s not the newest but it’s the top of the line 2016 and it starts slow down when you have them both open.
I did a bit of dodging and burning to balance some of the light out and bring it down. I then wanted to punch up the stonework and tree so Intensify was used. I masked that bit in to bring out some details. Once I had that I played with a bit more but I just got it to where I felt it was good enough and said done.