Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 10/10/2011


Photo taken on June  5, 2006




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A Cycle Ride in Death Valley

A Cycle Ride in Death Valley
The Shot

This is a scanned slide converted to HDR and taken during a June 2006 Bicycle Tour which included Death Valley. Yes I know it is seriously crazy to ride a bike in Death Valley in the summer heat. The reason was that we were riding from Las Vegas to San Francisco and aimed to get over the Sierras with roads clear of snow. We got over the heat by starting a lot of rides at 5.00am and arriving and retreating to air conditioning by between about 10.00 and 11.00am.

There were 3 of us from a UK Touring Club self organised and carrying our own luggage. On this day we had an out and back ride from Furnace Creek to Badwater. On the way back we took the Artists Drive loop road which winds for 8 miles among multi coloured rocks. The only problem with the route was that it started with a very steep 1000ft climb which we found very hard in temperatures which at 8.30 am had already climbed to 96F.

There is Blog with the full story of the trip and photos here
bikedeathvalley.tripod.com/index.blog?start=1149824649
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This shot was one of my favourites of the Tour and I wanted to see what it looked like enhanced by HDR treatment and Photoshop.

I took the picture while cycling with the SLR hung round my neck and one hand on the handlebars.

As the shot is scanned from a slide there is no Exif information but the Camera used was a Minolta Dynax 40 with 28 to 100 zoom.

TIP
The picture was scanned a while ago and saved as a jpeg. Many people may not know that it is possible to open and edit a jpeg in a Raw Editor. It is possible with Camera Raw though I am not sure about other Raw editors. In Photoshop go to file and then “open as” navigate to the required image but before opening use the dropdown to change the file type to” Camera Raw”

The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at =2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR”. The 3 images were opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer.

Photoshop

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance.

Brightness Contrast adjustment layer used to increase overall brightness as the HDR came out a little dark.

Saturation Adjustment Layer, master and blues used to tone down the colours in the sky and rocks

Vibrance increased 36 points

Noiseware Pro

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening to the near road and mountains only with low amount and high radius.

Edit-convert to profile- sRGB used to change the color profile to web friendly to retain saturation of colours on uploading to web

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For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

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