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.