Mystery Photo #8 was taken at sunrise last Saturday, but how did I shoot it and process it to get this colorful artistic effect?  Just leave a comment with your best guess before Monday and I will enter the winner into my Christmastime drawing for camera gear. You don’t need to tell me any camera settings. Just what tools did I use and my editing process, along with the location.

Good luck!   See below for the answer…

Caryn Esplin - Glorious Sunrise - HDR Photomatix and ACR Camera Raw Adjustment Brushes - Egin Lakes

Mystery Photo #8 – Caryn Esplin – Bracketed images + Photomatix + ACR Adjustment Brushes + Photoshop Sharpening

 

Several of you were quite close with your guesses, so I will put everyone who left a comment in my Christmas drawing! One thing no one mentioned is using adjustments brushes in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). My clue was when I asked … “…how did I shoot it and process it to get this colorful artistic effect?”  I enhanced the colorful artistic effect with adjustment brushes.. one of my favorite creative tools in ACR.

Here are my steps for this 5-minute workflow:

1.  Just before sunrise, we arrived at Egin Lakes, Sand Dunes Recreation Area, near St. Anthony, Idaho.
2. I asked these two student photographers to hold very still while I took three bracketed images on a tripod.
3. Processed all three images in Photomatix and tonemapped it to color and detail. Saved it as a jpeg.
4. Opened the Photomatix-processed jpeg in Bridge, Hit Cmd R to open it in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) from Bridge…  where I used adjustment brushes to enhance the sky colors.
5. From ACR, I opened the image on up in Adobe Photoshop for sharpening and selective vignetting.
6. Ran an action that: flattens the layers, loads my signature brush to stamp my logo in black,  adds some layer effects to make it transparent, and sizes it down for my blog… all in one sweet, one-second flutter.

NOTE:  I should have taken 10 seconds longer and used the Photoshop spot healing brush to remove the spot of sensor dust in the top right area… Eric was sharp to catch that one!  I actually have the Nikon D600 on order, but I took this with one of our school cameras.. the trusty Canon T3i with the versatile and surprisingly sharp Canon 18-135 lens. I like to shoot with that setup as often as I use my own Nikon on class photo excursions…so I can show students how well they work and keep sharp on the settings so I can help them.

Caryn Esplin - Glorious Sunrise - HDR Photomatix and ACR Camera Raw Adjustment Brushes - Egin Lakes

Photomatix, without ACR Adjustment Brushes or Photoshop Sharpening

Glorious Sunrise - HDR Photomatix and ACR Camera Raw Adjustment Brushes - Egin Lakes

Original bracketed images taken with a tripod at Egin Lakes at sunrise.

Here is a list of people I have earned a spot in my Christmastime camera gear giveaway!  I will draw names to determine the winners. You may get your named entered as many times as you make a correct guess on one of my weekly Friday Mystery Photos.

Names in my CHRISTMASTIME GEAR GIVEAWAY DRAWING… so far:

#1. Swan Lake:  Rebecca Johnston, Blake Jackson
#2. Mormon Row Barn:  Julie Peterson
#3. Roaring Camp Railroad:  Chelsea Beckstead
#4. Fruit Light Painting:  Danny Morgan
#5. Jellyfish:  AJ Buruca, Lisa K, Armin Kraemer, Danny Morgan
#6. Caramel Pretzel Logs:  AJ Buruca
#7.  IF Fountain:  Danny Morgan
#8. Egin Lakes:  Amiee Mecham, AJ Buruca, Eric Chen, Jay ?, Danny Morgan

To place an order, text Caryn at 208.339.3395 or email caryn@carynesplin.com. Dismiss