Blending Light HDR Photography – Vestrahorn Mountain
Blending Light HDR Photography – Vestrahorn Mountain: Here’s a photo I took in Stokksnes, Iceland. Located on a dirt road near a retired U.S Military radar station, you will find this spectacular view of the Vestrahorn Mountain! Since we were exposed to the North Atlantic Ocean, I experienced some very heavy winds and the fine black sand that sits at the foot of the mountain made its way into every nook and cranny of my camera gear. I was all geared up to protect against the elements with waterproof kayak pants and scuba diving boots because I knew I would be walking out into the water! One of the images I had in mind was the mountain reflecting in the water, but I needed to the wind to chill out a little before I could take my shots lol. This was actually my last shot of the evening. As the sun set, the wind also died down long enough to get this glass effect on the water… exactly what I was hoping for! It was perfect! The last remaining light highlighted the jagged peaks and reminded me of something you would see in The Lord of the Rings films! What a cool place! It was well worth getting sand in my equipment! Since I spent the entire day there, I have a ton of photos to process so stay tuned for more images from this location! Check out the high-quality version here!
Post Processing & Camera Settings.
To capture this image, I used my FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS. I took three bracketed shots EV (-2, 0, +2) and combined them in Photoshop/Luminosity Masks. Next, I used the Creative Flow Lightroom Presets and Brushes to process my middle exposure (0). Finally, I mixed all my “versions” into Photoshop to get the final image!
- Camera: Sony a7r
- Lens: FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
- Settings: f16, 16mm, Time: 1/13s ISO: 125
- Edit: Lightroom Presets and Brushes
- Edit: Photomatix Presets
- Edit: Luminar
- Edit: Photoshop
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