peeks at the world through my lens

Plains of Provence from Les Baux-de-Provence

This is the view looking west over the beautiful plains of the Provence Valley region in southern France. This shot was taken from the ruined castle of Les Baux-de-Provence and its spectacular position on a rocky outcroping in the Alpilles mountains. This view has been enjoyed for millenia,  and human habitation has been documented here dating back as far as 6000 BC. The town flourished in the Middle Ages and reached its Golden Age during the Renaissance , only to have the castle and portions of the village destroyed during a revolution in the 1600s.

This is an HDR image that was created from three handheld images bracketed by 2 stops. I deviated a little from my normal workflow by tweaking the midrange image wjth Aperture BEFORE merging the three images  with Photomatix. My usual workflow is to merge and process the images with Photomatix first, then fine-tune the merged image with Aperture. My reasoning was that the merged image that was edited in  Photomatix was NOT a RAW image, thus now had LESS dynamic range, making it less amenable to color and tonal adjustments in Photomatix as well as in Aperture once it was re-imported back for final adjustments. I was much happier with this version than another version that I processed normally.

For all of you HDR protographers, please let me know if you have experienced similar workflow variability and results, and also if your workflow differs friom mine. I am relatively new to HDR, and still trying to figure out the details.

Thanks for visiting…

5 responses

  1. The book I am writing takes place in that region. I keep telling my husband that I need to go there for “reseach” purposes!!! Beautiful!

    December 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    • Thanks Susie. It is an absolutely amazing region.Highly recommend a visit. Tell your husband that you can’t NOT go..need to do your research. You cant possibly describe the food and wine from pictures alone.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  2. Your photos are stunning. Looking forward to your next trip.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  3. Oh those clouds look so menacing! HDR has been on my to-learn list for a while now. This gives me a inspiration!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:56 am

    • Hi Lindsey..Definitely try it out. It is super easy and fun. You don’t have to always make far-out looking images, either. Sometimes I make ones that you can’t tell are HDR except for the perfect exposure across the board. Check out this sight for help

      Check back here today, I will post my personal favorite HDR.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

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