Sunday, April 12, 2009

Stonehenge (kinda)

We took our RV to Kerrville, Texas this weekend and took side trips from there to Hunt, Comfort, Bandera and Wimberley. This photo was taken in Hunt, Texas where a local artist recreated his impression of Stonehenge from a trip he took there earlier in his life. While not a true replica because it is not to exact scale and isn't oriented to the sun like the real thing, it is still a fun attraction to visit if you have time on you hands while in the Kerrville area. With bad weather looming all weekend we had some very photogenic skies.

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom

Post-processing: HDR composit of three exposures (-2, 0, +2) using Photomatix Pro > Photoshop CS3 > Topaz Adjust plugin "DeNoise" to remove noise > Duplicate Layer in Overlay mode to pop colors and contrast > Merge Visible to New Layer > Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer to bump up saturation a bit > Brightness / Contrast Adjustment Layer to reduce overall brightness to bring out detail in the sky and used a mask to paint some brightness back in to the foreground stones


Larry said...

Nice composition and post-processing. I really like the dramatic blue-grey sky, to me it looks like mercury.

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic photo!

Larry J. Patrick said...

Cool. I have been to the original and base upon your photo, you would never know this is not the real thing. Good choice using HDR.

Nice shot and nice processing.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Larry, MIL and Patrick!

I really had fun taking this one because I could imagine at the time I was taking it how dramatic the sky would look in HDR!