Lanzarote Lava Cave Path
Cueva de los Verdes , the Green Caves is a part of a large lava tunnel system in northern Lanzarote. The caves can only be accessed as part of a guided tour every 20 minutes. In the caves artificial but subtle lighting has been added. This view is in the upper gallery. The view is on the path on the way out at the end of the tour.
The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. Taken on a Tripod. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.
The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix Contrast Optimizer preset which for this particular image produced the most natural look.
The plus 2EV image was opened and then copied in as a new layer. A black layer mask was used to exclude this. Then a white brush at 15% opacity was used to darken the highlights in the distance and bring detail into them.
More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust clarity setting with some manual adjustments. The adjustment was used with a layer mask used to exclude highlights.
Hue saturation increase in reds a little used with a layer mask only to apply to the redder area in the distance..
Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.
Duplicate layer and a little standard 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 66 amount and 66 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.
A slight crop for better composition bringing the area at the end of the path onto a third.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Below are the Before and After images. First the original. Then the tonemapped image and then the final result.
Original at 0EV
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