Summer Wheatfield Chichester

July 31, 2013

Summer Wheatfield Chichester FinalSummer Wheatfield Chichester Final

This shot was taken a week ago on a beautiful hot summer’s day at a wheat field a few miles outside Chichester, West Sussex, UK. I was interested in the soft effect from the ends of the wheat contrasting with 3 stems which stood out.

The pictures were taken handheld with a Sony A700 camera with a Sigma 28 – 200mm zoom at 200mm.  One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 2 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation.

Photomatix

From the original picture 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix fusion natural settings.

Photoshop

Topaz adjust was used to bring in an additional detail using vibrant preset group and Crisp preset and a layer mask to apply only to the 3 stems of wheat.

Topaz adjust simplify was used with additional warmth and a vignette with a layer mask to exclude the 3 stems

Levels used to enhance the stems.

Vibrance was reduced on everything except the 3 stems

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 73 amount and 73 radius. To keep most of the picture soft this effect was restricted with a layer mask and brush to just the 3 stems.

The healing tool was used for tidy up.

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

Summer Wheatfield Chichester OriginalSummer Wheatfield Chichester Original

Tonemapped image

Summer Wheatfield Chichester TonemappedSummer Wheatfield Chichester Tonemapped

Final Image

Summer Wheatfield Chichester FinalSummer Wheatfield Chichester Final

For licence see Summer Wheatfield Chichester

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