October 19, 2011

Horseshoe and the Snapseed Update

Near Page, AZ, along a warm sandy trail (yes I walked barefoot) is this incredible Horseshoe Bend view of the Colorado River. I stood a foot from the edge and placed my tripod leg just over the lip to capture this image. It was captured with ProHDR in about 12 images.
I had processed this about a week ago without success because the clouds were too blown out and no matter how I processed it the clouds continued to have white hot spots.
However today I solved my problem by thinking out of the box and mirroring the image just for the sky. Then I selectively brushed in the areas that were white hot.
When I was pleased with my result I brought the photo into Snapseed using Selective Adjust and the new Detail option for sharpening and structure. Structure as defined by Nik Software is: Enhance or reduce fine details in your images for the ultimate look.
I was happy with every part except the over sharpened clouds. Oh those clouds were difficult today!
So I used both the layer before Detail and the one after applying Detail and brushed the clouds to make them soft and fluffy again.
I was very happy with the new Detail option and am pleased that Nik Software has continued to make wonderful improvements.


  1. Hi Teri Lou,
    Can you briefly explain what the "structure" edit function does on snapseed? Snapseed is one of my favorites and I would love to know more! Thanks so much and see you soon!! Cecily


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