Autumn Pond - Starkville

Autumn Pond

I love fall colors and though they are starting to fade away with winter soon approaching I was able to capture this fall scene while returning from a trip to the Noxubee Refuge. I noticed this pond on the way to the Refuge and made a note to stop by and take a few photos on my way back. I am so glad that I did. The colors were so vibrant and beautiful. I took some liberties with photo by playing with some textures that I've created over the course of this year, so I thought it would be nice to show you the beginning and end results of this photo and give a short little explanation of the process.

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The images above are the original images from the camera at +2,0,-2 exposure. This is how I shoot for HDR 99% of the time.

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This image is the original HDR (a merging of the 3 images) image after being processed through Photomatix


The image on the left is after post processing in LightRoom, playing with color, etc. and the image on the right is the texture I chose to use on this image. I made this texture while hiking and shooting a 1 or 2 second exposure while waving my camera around. It's a fun way to experiment with abstract photography. Give it a try!

I added the texture in Photoshop by placing the texture in a layer on top of the image and then adding the "Multiply" blend mode. The result is the final photo that you see at the top of this post. Play with textures and let me know how it goes.

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