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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Zion by Alexander Bayonne Stross
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August 4th, 2007

1 hour of light left, and what a great sky. Taken in Zion National Park.


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Posted By: dgarcia5 from gmail.com
about 15 years, 4 months ago
Absolutely stunning.. thanks!
Posted By: aqua*star
about 15 years, 4 months ago
wow......just.....wow. what camera, and what effects did you apply?
Posted By: alperabo from gmx.net
about 15 years, 4 months ago
looks great, but this is cg isn't it?
about 15 years, 4 months ago
No CG, just HDR treatment. 3 exposures at 125 ISO 30mm f/18 EV 1/4 1/25 and 1/60, combined to HDR and tonemapped with photomatix pro. tonemapping can result in pretty dramatic effect. I use AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) to simplify my captures except for night shots which I use a remote timer. But it can be done using any camera with Exposure compensation and Manual or Av modes. A tripod is a must, unless you have the ultimate in steady hands. To achieve this effect I set luminosity to 0 and light smoothing to 0 with strength at 100%.

If you are interested in Photomatix Pro and HDR photography check out HDRsoft.com. (For 15% discount use "astros_s" here http://www.hdrsoft.com/order/discount.html)
about 15 years, 4 months ago
I forgot to mention that if your camera shoots raw format it can be converted into a psudo-HDR photo and then tone mapped with some great results.


both of these were created with a single raw image and photomatix pro.
Posted By: mail from jezz.dk
about 15 years, 4 months ago
Nice plug :) Beautiful photo too. Looks unreal.
HDR can do some great effects to your images, but be careful not to over do it.
Posted By: artjom.isakov from gmail.com
about 15 years, 4 months ago
Great shot, but as previously stated, the HDR is a bit overcooked. The effect makes the picture look more like painting or rendering than a photograph.
about 15 years, 4 months ago
You hit the nail on the head. Zion is such a magical place that even the images straight from the camera look unreal. Even being there was a treat.
Posted By: rock84 from gmail.com
about 15 years, 4 months ago
The picture is so sick, like a video game!

I'm new to the whole photo touchup thing, so you used this HDR software to texturing the sky?
about 15 years, 4 months ago
Actually it's the otherway around. If you have a sky with great texture the HDR process brings out that texture. HDR doesn't make a photo any more than what is already there. The more dramtic the sky the more impact your HDR will have...In most cases.
Posted By: rdn98
about 15 years, 3 months ago
And how about all the vibrant colors in the sky and in the mountain? How is that effect done?
about 14 years, 10 months ago
I would have to say it's mainly a side effect of high color saturation in the production of the HDR file.

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