a16 April 2014

Up high in Tatra Mountains

Daily photo - Up high in Tatra Mountains

For today I had planned new tutorial about HDR photography but as I'm feeling a bit under the weather I have to delay it for a few days. Sorry guys.

So today I will instead just share an image taken from Sarnia Skała mountain in Polish Tatra Mountains. The photo was taken just a few meters below the summit but I didn't reach it as unfortunately I'm really afraid of heights. So I glanced at the summit, turned around, took below photo and started my descent :) the worst thing about this 'fear' is that I really like mountains and in the mountains heights are everywhere.

Ok, now a few words about the image itself. I'm quite happy with it because it has some nice diagonal layers which are almost parallel to each other. I also like light in the background as well as rocks there.

This photo is interesting for one more reason - it's one of the very few cases when I used Tone Compressor processing method in Photomatix Pro. Unlike two other tone-mappers, i.e. Details Enhancer and Contrast Optimizer, it is global tone-mapping operator. It means that it applies same 'adjustments' to all pixels (what makes the image look differently than typical tone-mapped photo). In case of two other methods, which are local operators, different pixels are treated differently.
View from Sarnia Skała


Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 1/160 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: circular polarizing filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking, painterly
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Tone Compressor), Lightroom 5.3, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

Where was this photo taken:

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