Thursday, August 8, 2013

After the Storm (version 2)

PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL:  In the summer of 2010, I spent many early mornings and late afternoons in this broad valley above Millerton, NY, hoping to catch the weather doing something that would add grandeur to the open valley floor.  It was a favorite spot for walking and soaking up sun.

The best images were all very high contrast, and I was processing them as HDR composites from 2 or 3 shots taken at 2 stop intervals.  I was never fully satisfied with the results, and only one of the series ever made it to this blog. In fact, that image used this RAW file as one of its hdr set. 

As a result of upgrading from Photoshop CS4 to CS6 this spring, I've discovered I'm able to recover much more detail from a single RAW image than was possible with the raw processing controls of CS4.  This has led me back to some older files to see if I can't do better by them now. Whether better or worse, I find I have made very different choices in reorchestrating the event this time.    The original version can be found on my blog posted on July 20, 2010.

Once the entire valley was lined with dairy farms.  From here one can distinguish three farms as the valley flows south.