Downland Daisies Halnaker

June 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Downland Daisies Halnaker FinalDownland Daisies Halnaker Final

Last Tuesday evening I took a short walk with Bognor Regis Camera Club Members near Halnaker in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex coast, UK.

The walk was to Halnaker Mill which did not prove too photogenic as a great big fence had been put up round it so I concentrated on general landscape and the daisies which are so abundant at the moment.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs. 

Photomatix

The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix. Fusion settings were used starting with a preset and then adjusting a lot.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional detail using vibrant preset group and Crisp preset. Using a layer mask the extra detail was applied only to the main daisy to bring this out more.

Levels used to enhance but only on the main daisy with a layer mask.

Vibrance increased a little 12 points/

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 49 amount and 49 radius. To keep most of the picture soft this effect was restricted with a layer mask and brush to just the main Daisy

The healing brush and clone tool was used to remove excessive vegetation on the right and also to remove 2 people on the right who were too distracting.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image, then the tonemapped image and then the final result.

Original  image

Downland Daisies Halnaker OriginalDownland Daisies Halnaker Original

Tonemapped Image

Downland Daisies Halnaker TonemappedDownland Daisies Halnaker Tonemapped

Final Image

Downland Daisies Halnaker FinalDownland Daisies Halnaker Final

For licence see Downland Daisies Halnaker

Edwin Jones


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