As readers know, I do follow up on requests when I can. And I’m following up on one right now!
This morning a commentor asked for a three way battle, and I’m providing it. While sorting images this afternoon I came across one that I really liked. And I like it just the way it is…..which led me to ask, “What can you do with this image?”
What I did was this: Exported the image as is for your review. Next I created an HDR from 3 exposures of the scene, 100% Strength, 70% saturation, High Light Smoothing, and that’s about the bulk of it. After doing an HDR I finally exported the original to Photoshop CS4 as a smart object, and then I used Topaz Detail and the blue sky setting to start my work. Detail enhancement, toned down the blue sky adjustment, and backed off the over saturation.
The results? Well, you tell me. The HDR and Topaz Detail adjustment were both extremely quick. I spent less than 5 minutes on each just to give a “by the seat of your pants” type of a pass at each. Honestly, I really like the original on its own! Maybe a slight tweaking down the road, but not much. But hey, take a look at the adjusted images and draw your own conclusions. Remember, I spent no time, this is a quick “how do they stack up” type of a posting.
Well, there you go. A few quickies to get the mind running. Which one do you like?
Oh, and for those who want to know, yes, this image is from Day 2 of the trip. Sneak peak inside Paw Hole. Do you love the scene as much as I do? Ah yes, the wonders to be seen in this world!