Yesterday, I went for a fall hike in Southern Oregon with a couple of buddies. We decided we needed to take advantage of the dry conditions before the rain and cold weather come.
I’d never been to Roxy Ann Peak before, so I didn’t know what to expect. The trail offers great views of Mt McKinley, both of the Table Rocks, and the Rogue Valley.
I felt like this scene looked perfect for a painting, so I used Brushstroke to create a painterly version below.
I’d also been meaning to start recording my edits again, so I went ahead and did that for this one. Since there is no audio, I’ll quickly tell you my thought process during the edit. I usually start my edits in Snapseed by increasing the ambiance because I like the way it affects shadows, highlights, and color in an image. I also always like to boost the contrast a little bit, to make it pop. Since the sky was a little brighter than I wanted, I brightened the shadows slightly, so I could lower the brightness without making the shadows too dark. I probably should have gone lower on the brightness, but I was moving quickly here.
Next, I wanted to see how the sharpness and details looked in the image. I usually end up increasing the sharpness by 4-5, and then add around 10-15 of structure. You don’t want to add too much, or you get a crunchy looking image.
I took the image into Mextures next, because I wanted to try and add some light to the image that would enhance the golden hour feel. I also thought it would help make the overexposed sky look a little better. I ended up using a guest formula by Cora Edwards, and then fine tuning each of the layers to my taste.Basically, I didn’t want the foreground to become too dark, or contrasty, nor did I want the midtones and shadows to become washed out.