The Tropics in the Midwest

Photo of the Day

I was amazed at how different the landscape looked once I descended into the potholes at the Fall Creek Gorge. I went from driving down a rural road to something that looked more like it was in the tropics. That might be the pull that keeps me going back to the gorge. It is really hard to make pictures like this without traveling very far, so I feel lucky that it is only about an hour from my door.

Technical Data

This picture was one where HDR was needed for sure. Most of the scene was easily visible, but some of it really was deep in shadows. I wanted to show what I saw when I stood on this site. I took the three images that I bracketed at -2, 0, and +2 on site, and ran them through Photomatix. Usually I take the 32 bit file back into Lightroom, but I didn’t like the way that it turned out that way. I decided to edit the photo in Photomatix as I used to. In those days I would just work off of the Painterly preset that came with the program. I liked the look it gave me, but it was not very realistic. This time though I took what I have learned since then, and moved the sliders on my own. I think this end result is much more believable, and in the end I like it much more. I did take it back into Lightroom 5 to perform a couple of slider adjustments to it. The first one was to add some of the blacks back in.

Behind the Scenes Video

The day that I made these images I had my Go Pro mounted onto my camera. I made a short video of my trip that I have included below. I like the idea of these videos, and I hope to make more in the future.

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