Today I would like to share another photo from Yakushima island in Japan. I already shared a few photos (together with locations description) from this magical place here, here, here and here but I believe it deserves sharing even more images.
Taking photo and post-processing
- Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
- Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
- Focal length: 16 mm
- Aperture: f/13.0
- Exposure time: 1.3 s (“middle” exposure)
- ISO: 200
- Number of exposures: 5
- E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
- Flash used: no
- Tripod: yes
- Filters: no
- Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
- Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5.1 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5
This image is HDR image taken from 5 exposures at 1.0 EV spacing. The reason I used HDR here is because shadows in the 0 EV image were very dark and I wanted to restore some detail in them. In this case I didn’t care about blown out highlights that much as I quite liked the glow they produced. Anyway I decided to restore them just slightly as well (you will notice that in areas with branches).
Editing this image was quite simple. I started by applying lens correction and removing chromatic aberration and then sending all my 5 bracketed photos to Photomatix Pro 5, where I used Contrast Optimizer tone-mapper with default settings.
After that I opened the image in Photoshop and applied ON1 Effects 10 plug-in to it to enhance contrast and colors a little bit and to add vignetting effect.
BTW if you would like to learn more about HDR photography, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial: