Clingmans Dome
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Dusk: Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains.
Captured with a 3-stop hard Grad-ND as a series of verticals. Each capture was double post-processed in the RAW converter, once with a warm WB setting for the sky and once with a cool WB setting for the ridges in the shade to both preserve and accentuate the dual color of the light in different parts of the image. The double processed RAW files were blending in CS3 using layers, masks and soft brushes to create a single set of files with warm on top and cool on bottom. Each of the files were saved as a tiff, then stitched in PTGui to create a panorama. Finally, I opened the stitched result in CS3 and converted from RGB to Lab color space to punch the colors and add the appropriate contrast, then converted back to RGB saved resized and converted to sRGB for the web viewing.
· Date: Thu 1-January-2009 · Views: 3833 · Filesize: 30.6KB, 124.5KB · Dimensions: 1100 x 483 ·
Keywords: dusk, sunset, Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains
Camera: D300
Lens & Filters: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Film/ISO: 200
Aperture: 11
Location: Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains
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Willy B

Location: Melbourne FL US
Posts: 10
Thu 01-January-2009 04:54

Wow! That's a lot of work but the result is well worth the effort. It's been a while since I've been up there but I remember the view. Beautiful image.
- Bill
Location: MO US
Posts: 4,601
Thu 01-January-2009 05:49

A lovely image, Albert. Smile
Location: Albuquerque NM US
Posts: 30
Thu 01-January-2009 06:15

Result is very much worth the effort. A surreal, superb image. Nice job Albert.

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Location: Mississauga ON CA
Posts: 7,781
Fri 02-January-2009 12:38

Congratulations Albert, nicely done. Really like the subtle gradations in the blue tones.