Sunset At The Lake

[singlepic id=238 w=320 h=240 float=left] Capturing that perfect sunset is 40% patience 60% development.  The sunset I wanted to have from Weldon Springs happened and well I was on the wrong side of the lake.  I waited and shot to the best of my abilities.  The original shot left is only one of many shots from that day and the most balanced for the HDR process.  I brought my three most dynamic shots into Qtpfsfui and proceeded from there.  I love sunset and sunrise when I can enjoy them.  Though I was on the wrong side of the lake I was determined to capture an HDR composition that would make proud.

[singlepic id=237 w=320 h=240 float=right] I try not to boast about my work as I know there is always something I could have done different that would have made it better in someones eyes.  I just can’t resist on this one.  From the dynamic sky and sharp textures leading to the trees and the almost magical night glow on the lake, damn that final image shown right came out great.  Like I mentioned I started with the three images for Qtpfsgui and final development was processed in the Gimp.  This project took  a little over two hours to fully develop and a very intense focus on my part.  The majority of the time was the processing required for Qtpfsgui to create, align, and tone map the file.  While you are able to get great results from Qtpfsgui remember to be patient in it’s use as it can require decent processing time on larger images.

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