Posted on 21 Jun ’13
A couple photos of the natural wetlands of Huntington Beach State Park, SC — home to many varieties of wildlife. These wetlands lie behind the natural sand dunes formed along the beach front.
These images were “softened” during post processing in Adobe Lightroom.
Egrets certainly don’t have much camouflage eh?
Mark, I guess when you can stand out in the middle of a marsh and fly you don’t need much camouflage.
Earl, what do you by softened? And why did you do that? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Hi Chris, These panoramic images with far distant horizons had a lot of detail with an almost infinite DOF — too much in my opinion, making them appear busy. I wanted to convey more the feeling of the marsh/creatures and not have the viewer get lost in the fine details.
Post-processing them in Lightroom I reduced the Clarity slider a lot, then adjusted the Highlights(-), Shadows(+), Whites(-), and Blacks(+), balanced to my taste withe the Contrast(+) slider. This gave the impression of detail but a much Softer version — almost a slight oil painting look and feel.
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