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Path to the Sun by WayneBenedet Path to the Sun by WayneBenedet
Image licensed to I One Media, Toronto, Ontario

I am posting this image as a demonstration of the process outlined in my journal. I selected this image because of the extreme light values, and the inherent difficulties of maintaining detail in shadows and highlights with this kind of scene.

By processing a relatively flat image in the RAW stage, and by utilizing the Highlight and Shadows adjustments of Photoshop, details is all areas of the image are visible. For instance, there is a pile of rocks just visible in the lower left corner and detail along the path remains visible. More detail is possible, but I have toned it down a bit in order to maintain some of the other goals of a photographic image. (see below) The process produces detail results that are similar to HDR processing, but does not seem to create color shifts in the same way or produce an “otherworldly” effect.

In processing an image, the goal is not just maximum detail, but rather the highest possible detail with the full range of light from non-detail brights to non-detail blacks. This image does not fully fit that requirement, although it is very close. Tweeking it would be possible but I have not done so because the purpose of this image, is to demonstrate that with careful processing at each stage, even difficult lighting situations like this, can result in an image that retains detail in the foreground without compromising the colour and detail of the sky. (If you are unable to see detail in the foreground, you may need to adjust your monitor. Photo Friday has a tool that will help you adjust your monitor for brightness and contrast. www.photofriday.com/calibrate.… )

I will continue to present the process in my journal of Thursday March 27th, 2008,later today.
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999-8-666 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016   Photographer
Nice!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
thanks
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999-8-666 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016   Photographer
;)
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:iconnamstrap:
namstrap Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
beautiful
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
Incredible detail and shot!
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:iconancoben:
ancoben Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Amazing
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
thanks
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:iconancoben:
ancoben Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
You're welcome
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MEGBlue Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
stunning!
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
thanks
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
Thanks for sharing Wayne! You always work in RAW and then process?
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
I aways work in RAW
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
very nice color sky
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
thanks
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:iconpoisen2014:
poisen2014 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
My pleasure! :) (Smile) 
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randompugdog Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
thank you
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seek-and-hide Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's stunning, dear Wayne.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
thank you
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seek-and-hide Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, dear Wayne.5 seconds hug 
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Still beautiful
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
thanks David
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome sir
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Boias Featured By Owner May 9, 2016   General Artist
Fantastic  :nod:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
:) thanks
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Bruiser235 Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's gold.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
thanks
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godzillaSan Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
toronto looks like beautiful.  i take photos of north texas rural areas
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
The picture was taken in Manitoba, but it has been licensed to a company in Toronto for wall murals.
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godzillaSan Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
manitoba looks beautiful
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Psychobrume Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
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WadihSaab Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i like this shot a lot!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
thanks,

I appreciate it
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Gluthoernchen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
wow, great! very beautiful!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
thanks kathrin.
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raumreporter Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work. And a great shot, too.
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WildJupiter Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
I have been holding this picture in my deviations because it's just beautiful. Sorry I didn't comment sooner. I'll be practicing your journal techniques!!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
good luck with the process Jen,

Let me know how it works for you.
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Sandy515 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
amazing shot!
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Asano-san Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg! *o* it is great! Beautiful photo.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
thank you.
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Asano-san Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you welcome. ^^
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Emerald-Tidle-Wave Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
That is beautiful! Such amazing colors!
:+fav:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Featured this amazing work in my journal ---->[link]

:)
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1001G Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
this sky is so wonderful ...i cant begin to critique because im just starting to take my camera out of "auto" ( dont laugh .....:D) and shooting in raw is something a few years down the road for me..but its quit beautiful and the work done in photoshop was well worth it.....and ty so for the :+fav: on "yesterday" have a good nite....edie
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
thanks Edie,

When i started taking pictures "auto" did not exist. I guess I learned long ago to think for the tool, and I can't really shoot any other way although auto is good for many things.
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1001G Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
im on auto pilot a lot and now im putting my toe into the waters and its nice and maybe one of these days ill jump in.....but not yet..........:D
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:firelite-photo:
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thazer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
wew , nice photo wayne.
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saca-grapas Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Great shot!
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Canon
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Canon EOS 20D
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1/400 second
Aperture
F/7.1
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135 mm
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400
Date Taken
Sep 26, 2006, 7:17:33 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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6mm