First off this isn’t the jungles of Thailand. In fact, it’s just normal bushes and the stairs lead to a helicopter landing pad that I have never seen a helicopter on. It just sounds more dramatic to say jungle stairs.
Where I live is actually a beach town. When you get outside it, there are small hills but mostly flat, farming land. There isn’t really a jungle here without going further up North and then its all protected national forest. Not sure you could call it a jungle. I have been in a jungle in Panama, and haven’t really seen one in Thailand.
I wanted this image to pop a bit. I created two layer masks, one was HDR and the other was just run through Intensify. I then just went ahead and blended the two images together to get the effect I was looking for. In the end happy enough with it.
Returning to Sharpsburg, Maryland for this dawn photo shot at the Antietam National Battlefield Park.
I have been relying heavy on the dawn shots because they are extremely rare for me. I’m more of an evening photographer versus a morning one. If I have a choice of sleeping in or going out for a sunrise shoot I can guarantee sleeping will win. So it’s a bit of a treat for me to edit these.
This is a HDR photo but I went for a dreamy effect. It just felt better that way. Normally I am all about crisp edges and cranking sharpness to 11 but this time I left things slightly hazy. It gives the photo that touch of waking up where you still aren’t sure if you are still in a dream. I did a bit of masking to punch the sky colors a bit and I dodged the grass to bring out more of it to give you some idea of the ground rolling.
There are parts of Meadowlark Gardens that are fenced off to prevent people from walking in them. When I saw the light and all the texture on this portion I figured why not take a picture.
Interestly enough I did this image in monochrome. I wasn’t happy with it. Normally I use monochrome to bring out textures but it just lost something in the conversion. I even did the conversion two different ways and masked in bits and still didn’t like it so I just scrapped it after saving copies.
One I settled on color it the image just seemed to do what I wanted. I did mask in a bit from Intensify CK to bring out the wood textures. I left the leaves and stuff alone since it wasn’t the focal point in the image. Once I was happy I called it done.