A Morning in the Dolomites

This image was taken on a summer morning in the Dolomites (Italy). It is an HDR-Panorama that consists of 10 vertical shots, with two exposures each. Today I know that I don’t need to create an HDR for this shot. And with the crop I chose in the end, probably 6 shots would have been enough. What a waste of hard drive space!!!

I stitched the images in LR.

And now have fun with the editing, I’m really curious how you all will edit this image.

Raw File

DSC03482-HDR-Pano.dng (93.2 MB)

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My Edit (click to see)

I’ve played that game of shooting too many and then cropping, but I suppose the good news is it is easier to delete than to create. :grinning:

This is a lovely image, and I’d love to be one of those camping in the tents. What a view to enjoy morning coffee from!

I cropped, slightly rotated, warmed, and then played with normal luminosity and color adjustments. Here’s what I ended with:

Beautiful Photo !!!

Really beautiful scene here Jens! Thanks for posting this image for a processing challenge, I really enjoy these. Here is my version although i can’t really say the steps I took to get here. I just played around with it until I thought I would be happy with it if it was mine.

Fun file to play with Jens! I went for midtone contrast by bringing the blacks slider up and creating contrast in the tone curve instead.

I did a lot of masking too, mainly to bring down the highlights in the sky, darken the top of the sky a bit, added a lot of whites to the foreground, painted in more whites in the grasses, and some clarity in the near foreground.

@John_Williams, @Glenn_Tunaley, @David_Kingham
I apologize for the late reply. But a flu and a vacation trip have kept me pretty busy the past three weeks. :rofl:

Thank you very much for taking the time to process my image. The Image Processing Challange is a really cool feature here on NPN, I love it.

And I really like all of your edits. Well done!

Camping is unfortunately forbidden up there. But we wanted to photograph the sunset, the Milky Way, and the sunrise up there, so we decided to stay up there all night.
As it turned out, we were the only idiots without a tent. :rofl:

The main thing is that you had fun editing. I love the details/sharpness of the rocks.

That sounds interesting, David, thanks. I have to play around with that. My own processing is quite dark because I wanted to keep the pre-sunrise mood. But I also have problems printing this image. The details in the foreground are lost in the print. Maybe it’s time for a complete re-edit.