3/14 - TaylorFrantaPhotography

Transformation Tuesday 3/24

For my first transformation Tuesday I will be focusing on a picture of Ouray, Colorado.

This was a vertical panorama 6 shots across.  The color temperature of the primary image was not set appropriately.  However, I shoot in RAW format so this is easily changed later. 

1.  I took multiple shots in the frame that has the road going up into the mountain so I could create the car trails.

2.  I reshot the entire panorama again when it was much darker to give a greater contrast with the city lights and so I could brighten them up in relation to the background.

3.  Each vertical shot was a 5 shot panorama.  I processed these in Photomatix and blended them into the base exposure just slightly.  This gives the picture more pop without it looking too fake.

4.  I shot a single frame at 14mm for the stars using a star tracker.  This allowed for a several minute exposure of the sky in order to really bring out detail in the stars.  I resized the picture slightly and rotated it to match the position of the stars from one of the panorama shots taken at a later time when the stars were visible.  I blended the stars into the image using lighten blend mode. 

5.  I frequently apply a slight Orton effect to my images but then also apply some sharpening via a high pass filter so that the image does not look too soft.   This image was no different.  

6.  I used some of my favorite NIK Color Efex Pro settings, such as brilliance/warmth, tonal contrast, brighten/darken center, and detail extractor.  These, in combination with some dodging/burning, and major color corrections helped create the final image as seen.

The total time spent processing this was close to 5-6 hours.  The reason is primarily because this was both a panorama and HDR shot.  Creating each of the 6 HDRs and then combining each of these into the final panorama was very time consuming.

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