I was in New Orleans’ City Park early one morning last week to shoot the beautiful, mysterious live oaks that live there. Some of these trees date to before the American Revolution and I always feel a certain majesty and awe around them. I was hoping for some ground fog and didn’t get it; as photographers, we must play the hand we’re dealt and this was one of those occasions. I decided I wanted to see what I could do with some multiple-exposure, HDR processing versions, so that’s what I spent most of my time working on. This image was one of the ones that I thought was successful, shot just as the sun’s rays hit tree trunks directly for the first time that morning.
From the HDR image, I brought it into Adjustment Layers and made the black and white version with the toning sliders available in the Black and White Adjustment Layer. Then it was a simple matter to open Color Balance and adjust the overall tonality for this outcome.
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