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Gold Forest Road - Exclusive HDR Stock by somadjinn Gold Forest Road - Exclusive HDR Stock by somadjinn
Winding road scenery from Rock Creek Park in Washington DC, USA. HDR composite from multiple exposures processed with vibrant yellow colors in the foliage for a golden surreal atmosphere.

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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
It looks beautiful, maybe someday I'll get there!!:)
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somadjinn Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :) Rock Creek is a pretty normal park and even though it's technically located in Washington DC, I've seen many similar windy roads when you drive out in the country pretty much all over the place. Of course I had a little fun with the leaf colors in Photoshop =D
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
There are so many beautiful places you can find just taking a ride.... when I was little my family would take a Sunday drive, a mystery drive, we all loved it!!!  That was went gas was way under a dollar a gallon!!
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virnagray Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing view!!!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Virna :)
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lumberjacck Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
That golden color! Love 
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Alex! =D
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful image my friend, quite lovely! :)
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks again Lori :)
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You are so very welcome. I love the technique that you use in this wonderful photo "HDR composite from multiple exposures." I wish I understood how to do this. I would love to give it a try myself. :)
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Start with a tripod, bracket your exposures and tell your camera to include RAW files. Feel free to follow up with me :hug: 
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the information, I still don't think I know enough to try it out yet.
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
If you can get past or already know how to use a tripod with manual camera settings, I would say that's the most important step. I'm the type of person who learns things through painstaking trial and error because I'm not what you would call IQ smart. So with photography I started first with easing myself into using a tripod then bracketing the exposures with zero knowledge about HDR.

The bracketing function itself is pretty easy to set for cameras that allow it and it's best to include RAW files. Don't think so much about how it will look in HDR, I bracketed before I dared to make a leap of faith into HDR. If anything, the bracketing can help you choose a photo with the right exposure value (from a set of 3 photos or more) because the camera meter can often fool you. Meanwhile, you're building up a bank of photo series ripe for HDR processing once you feel comfortable enough to experiment with it :)
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and your kindness, I appreciate it very much. I have to push myself to get over my fear of how to use my camera properly and stop depending on the semi-automatic mode settings! Thanks so much for your encouragement!Hug 
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paperdish Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
nice
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
thanks :)
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zarian13titel Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
fantasticClap 
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you very much :)
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful colors!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Tomi! For some reason yellow foliage is hard for me to pull off, so I'm glad you like it :)
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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MelanAnime Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
lovely!!!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you!!! :)
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Oooh beautiful golds Nick!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Eve :hug: The colours were tweaked from Sepia Foliage action *wink wink* Changed the yellow Selective Color values beneath the mixer and again above all the layers :)
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Well that worked - I'll have to give it a try - awesome effect!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
I could give you the yellow values, but as it depends on the existing shades of green in the foliage, I think the values would be different from one image to the next. What I remember is that I adjusted the yellows considerably under the mixer to get the general feel of it, then more minor yellow tweaks above all the layers for the golden finish.
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ok - thanks - need more time to play :(
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pitkon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Interface Designer
Great shot! A fav!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks Pete! =D
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pitkon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Interface Designer
Anytime, Nicolas :)
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Neranella Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Magnifique. :boogie:
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Merci Sophie Boogie!
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Neranella Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
:kiss:
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TheRenegadeArtist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Beautiful shot.  It really is a scenic area, and a fantastic drive.  (the second I saw the photo I new where it was ^_^)
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much, from Site 21 if you're familiar with it :) 
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TheRenegadeArtist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Exact markers on the road...no... But I do know the road.  Driven it a few times as a nice little cruise.  I'm not sure if you hail from that region (saw a few locations around there in your gallery....Great falls, DC, etc), but if so, have you ever gone down to Sligo Creek Park for some shooting?  Its very scenic like Rock Creek, but with the added bonus of a nice babbling stream.  Also if you get a chance, check out the Adelphi Mill and the path leading away from it.
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
Recently moved back to the DC area from Montreal, so I'm open to any and all suggestions, thank you :) Anything with clear streaming water draws me in like a moth to a flame, gives me an excuse to use my neutral density filter =D Are Sligo Creek Park and Adelphi Mill relatively close to Bethesda? I have a car and on a regular day willing to drive 2 hours out.
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TheRenegadeArtist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Oh boy...a Bethesda guy eh?  My grandmother lives in that area..kinda suburbs of. 

Yeah, Sligo is pretty close; you're looking at less than 30 min or less depending on traffic(take the back roads), its close to Silver Spring area.

Adelphi is a little farther away, PG county but its easy to get to.  I head out to Wheaton (Wheaton Plaza area), then hop on University Blvd and head to PG county.  Stay on University until you see Tick-Tock Liquor Store and turn down the road next to it.  (Sorry, I dont remember the street name)  The mill will be a little ways down on your left.

Other suggestions might include the gardens next to Wheaton Regional Park, and Cabin John is great if you want to get some cool shot of a farily rustic kids train running through the woods.

Feel free to PM me anytime about suggestions and such.  And go get a bagel from Bethesda Bagels for me.  Something about their bagels...dont know what...

 
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yep! Grew up in Bethesda, moved to Montreal at 18 for university for cheaper education as I was born in Canada. Now happy to return in the DC area after 14 years, parents stayed here and my father has since passed away in 2010... he made me promise I take good care of my mother as he knew he was on borrowed time, and my Green Card application took a very long time to get approved, but I'm finally in and eager to capture the sights around me! =D
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TheRenegadeArtist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Well its very good to hear that you made it back.  That area has a lot of really nice scenic areas to shoot in.  I personally am stuck in Cape May, NJ right now, but I spent all of my summers in Bethesda with my grandparents who live there.  One day maybe I will make it back.
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm discovering new places here, it's a very nice area :) I read somewhere there were some great waterfalls in New Jersey, would you recommend any in particular?
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