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Charlies Bunion
Robert Charity

Charlie's Bunion

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Drawn at Charlie's Bunion on the Appalachian Trail watching the sun rise above the low-lying clouds blowing across the mountain range. The foreground rocks has been polished by the boots of the many hikers who come to this popular spot, and so reflects the sunlight and adds the quality of this shot. The image is a amalgam of 5 exposures. I combined them in photomatix both as a traditional HDR and using the "fusion" option. The HDR did a good job of the clouds, but otherwise the "fusion" was better. Thus I combined them as separate layers. In addition, I has a separate layer for the sun using just the lowest-exposure image. Finally the plant on the rocks moved considerably during the exposure, so I took the best exposure for it and added it in on a separate layer. Otherwise there was some local tweaking of exposure and sharpening.


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Ann Pettigrew07-Dec-2013 05:45
Very interesting to read your explanation of this shot. sounds like it was a lot of work but it came out beautifully!
Martin Wenzel15-Sep-2011 21:56
Great shot!
Andy15-Sep-2011 21:31
Beautiful photo. V
longbachnguyen13-Sep-2011 19:22
Great lighting and colors
basri_eli13-Sep-2011 19:18
Amazing!! Wonderful lighting V!!
caveman_lee12-Sep-2011 17:17
Really an outstanding work ! My big vote.
uri avitan11-Sep-2011 11:14
Great Shot! V
lou_rozensteins10-Sep-2011 09:21
Lovely light and composition. A wonderful shot!!
Patricia Kay10-Sep-2011 08:28
Absolutely wonderful image Robert...Thanks for the info on how you did it!...BV
Bryan Ramsay10-Sep-2011 02:34
VERY well done! -BJ
Earl Arboneaux 10-Sep-2011 02:14
Great HDR work and beautiful composition...~V~
Fred Parsons09-Sep-2011 20:57
Great work from all aspects technical and otherwise !!
Robbie D7009-Sep-2011 20:13
Amazing image a true wonderful pleasure to see.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography09-Sep-2011 17:47
Wow! This is marvelous, Vote !
Earl Misanchuk09-Sep-2011 14:37
Fabulous photo. V
Naret Visesvongsa09-Sep-2011 14:19
Great HDR work as well as your composition .
Marc Demoulin09-Sep-2011 14:16
Superb Robert! vVv
Mrac
René Gysi09-Sep-2011 14:10
Fantastic lighting and wonderful foreground. Excellent composition! V
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