Spring in the ForestApril 22, 2020
The way I shot and processed this image drives home the point I made PhotoPXL article “Noise, ISO and Dynamic Range Explained.” The exposure was set to get the starburst effect (ISO = 100, 1/320s, f = 24 mm at f/22). The rest of the image was underexposed – to the point that the raw preview appeared nearly black for much of the image. The information is still there – it is just lost in the shadows, which I called the push-DR in the article. I first used an aggressive curve to get the starburst the way I wanted it. 80% of the rest of the image was still too dark, which I fixed with an exposure push layer with a radial mask. Most of the image was pushed about 4 stops. There is no noise reduction.