Guanella Pass, Colorado. I simply love this place, each and every single time I am here it yields me a very high ratio of "keeper" photographs. I really wanted a shot that was different, something which stood out from my other shots of this location. How I took it---
On my Sony a550 I used stacked Fotodiox ND8 filters and a Fotodiox circular polarizer on a Minolta 18-200mm lens. I used live view to zoom in to study the composition. I wanted something which had a great sense of leading lines yet not so much that the elements of the trees would be cropped out on the sides. Hitting the remote shutter after deciding on the composition, the exposure is about 6 seconds. In post work I decided use a split tone Lightroom preset which I made to give the image a specific look and feel, then I went ahead and dodged in burned certainly areas to bring out the highlights and shadows more. Upon export to Photoshop, I then used luminosity masks and finally went ahead and did some selective HDR in areas with using adjustment masks to bring out the texture more & highlights, specifically in the water.
I hope you all like it
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