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.

2 comments:

  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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