The above image I captured this evening as I decided to do some camera work in my local wood, just over the River Ogwen; it’s literally a stone’s throw from the house. I took a lot more images than this, but I wanted to get this one process and at least posted for now.
It is the result of nine portrait exposures, stitched in Photoshop. There’s something I don’t like about it though and I’m not sure what. The image seems a bit ‘muddy’ and also has a HDR look about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of HDR work, some of which I’ll be posting some time tomorrow from this little jaunt, but it appears this way, unintentionally. I did adjust the shadows and mid-tones a very small amount in PS, but only to pull the exposure up a little on the left of the shot. I added some clarity in Lightroom, as I always do, but I never go mad with this as I don’t want to re-introduce noise. I used a different sharpening technique this time for a change, and used high pass at around 3.5 pixels radius. It’s not a poor image by any standards, but you know when you just don’t like something?
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to get across these rocks for ages as usually, or at least over winter and early spring, this treacherous stretch of tributary is absolutely bursting and there is no way you could ever get across, as only the highest rocks (that I am stood on) are visible. It’s clear from the amount of moss and dark lichen that this is usually a continuously wet place to set up home if you are a bryophyte! This is however, my favourite little spot in the entire wood, as when the river is at winter/early spring levels, it is very impressive.
Anyhow, I’ll leave you good people with that for now. I’ve got a ton of editing to do from this evening, but it’s late now so I’m off.
But to make a cup of tea 🙂