264 – Snow in July

You remember what I said about weather in Carinthia in the last entry? Well, it is worse. There is even snow on the mountain tops! Snow in July!

This is an HDR image made of 9 exposures, bracketed in 1EV distance. I was in a hurry and did not use the cable release, thus there is no perfect alignment, even though I used a tripod. Thankfully you can’t see it at this size ๐Ÿ™‚

I have merged and tone-mapped the image in Photomatix, saved as TIFF, and done further processing in Photoshop. Mostly I have sucked yellow out of the sundown (too colorful highlights, that’s one of the problems that HDR merging often brings) and adjusted contrasts locally using different curves, and then painting in the masks.

Dakota Moon is a band that had their self-titled debut album in 1998. Searching my collection for the word “snow”, I found that they have a song called “Snow in July“, and of course that’s the Song of the Day.

5 thoughts on “264 – Snow in July”

  1. Excellent snow in July. It was 105 here yesterday so I can very much appreciate this image. I love all the work you do in ps and this HDR is amazing I must try this come winter.

    How do I see the image you reworked of the silo?????

  2. Have you done some LAB play here? Dunno… on my monitor the ZING seems to be cranked down, particularly in the greens. Of course I quibble, it is a radiant vista.

  3. I have. This is an HDR image from a situation where HDR is the only thing to get any results at all, but where HDR (at least Photomatix) produces odd results. The sky was much too yellow – probably this is what Dylan meant with “The sun’s not yellow it’s chicken” ๐Ÿ™‚ – and I have taken away color until it looked more real.

    You see, this is very late, about fifteen minutes after the sun had vanished behind the mountains. The sky is much more dramatic than it was in reality, but I guess especially the green is not too much off.

    On the other hand, the remnants of light should definitely glow much more. All in all I am not too glad about this image.


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