Last weekend we decided to go to the Ross Creek Cedar Grove near Heron, Montana. We had to hike approximately 3 miles to the grove since the road was closed to vehicles.
On the road to the grove there is a fantastic view of the Bull River valley. I was amazed, so I set up my tripod, set my camera to aperture priority mode, set up the camera to bracket, and exposed away. I then used Photomatix Pro to process the bracketed exposures and Photoshop to touch-up the sky and few other things.
I had problems because I noticed that the exposures I took were all somewhat blurry. I took them at F/22. What gives? There was no shake. Apparently I reached the diffraction limit of the equipment. What I used to fix some of this was to setup a high pass filter and use a layer mask on the high pass filter layer to adjust areas that didn’t need the filter. Now I think it looks pretty good, although the parts could look better if not for the inherent diffraction limit.
This was one of the shots of the cedars. I find the texture of the bark to be really cool.
I realized as I was typing this that HDR doesn’t always works out correctly. I took away some of the depth. It brought forth a lot of detail, but it lost a lot of the depth. It doesn’t give enough perspective of the scale of the tree. This tree is probably 10 feet in diameter.
I just like the shot below, though the HDR processing may have been a little overdone as well.