Midsummer Gold

Midsummer Gold
Midsummer Gold
This image was made late in the afternoon on June 20th, 2015, the longest day of the year. It looked like some rain was coming in, but the sun was still peeking through in spots, producing some very interesting light and shadow contrasts. I won’t pretend I didn’t help that along a little. This image is part HDR, which gives the impressive contrast in the brush and grass. I really just wanted to leave it at that, but my favorite Luminance tonemap operator (Mantiuk ’06) produced some horrible banding in the feature-less upper right corner, so I used the LDR image to get rid of that and a mask to bring out the good stuff in the foreground. Click the image to see a larger version.

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