TonySarno
TonySarno

Smoky Mountains Sunset

Smoky Mountains National Park Sunset

Smoky Mountains National Park Sunset
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feistyvolk
 
feistyvolk January 16, 2014
I am in serious awe at your clear depth of field. We've gone to six or seven national parks in the past two and a half years, and I always struggle with the details/clarity in the background. Are there any tips you have to get those background mountains to not disappear after taking the photo? I understand if you don't want to share and I respect that - photography can be like magic - the artist does not want to reveal their secrets for others to repeat. I just REALLY want to be able to take photos with DOF similar to this - even half of the quality improvement would change my photos entirely.

If you're not comfortable sharing here, you are always free to PM me some tips. I've been checking out books from the library, reading online journals, and trying to find some sort of free class/challenge to learn my camera. I learn by doing and activities/challenges help me remember things better. I would love to be able to one day take photos even remotely close to your caliber of photos and any tips would seriously be appreciated. Thank you in advanced!
TonySarno
TonySarno January 16, 2014
Wow! Thank you so much for the kind compliments. I am absolutely fine with sharing my "secrets". Actually there are no secrets. It's just a matter of taking lots of photos with decent quality equipment and not letting anyone see the bad ones!

As far as the DOF and color, it is HDR. Since I started taking photos using HDR (3 exposures) or "tone mapping" (from a single exposure), the details in my photos have magically appeared where I thought there was none. The trick is to not "over cook" the photos with too much post processing (easier said than done). It is very tempting to keep tweaking a photo to try to get more out of it, but eventually you reach a point of diminishing return and they just look fake. I try my best to keep the viewer interested and depict the scene as closely as I can to how I remember it. In many instances, HDR is the only way possible. Download a trial version of "Photomatix Pro" and experiment with HDR and if you have any nice single exposures you want to improve, try the tone mapping process that can be done in the same program. There are several tutorials online that will show you the basics, but the rest is up to you to just get comfortable with the process. It is the wave of the future and will expand your visions like blu-ray did to VHS tapes!
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe December 02, 2014
Gorgeous
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