How Would This Look on the Wall of Your Den?
Mid June and summer on the golf course was about to start. The June full moon popped up while I was practicing few holes in the evening on one of those balmy still evenings in Danville. There aren’t a lot of opportunities for full moon golfing like this. There are some of these special times when the Crow Canyon Country Club looks magical. Before hitting this approach shot on the 2nd hole I grabbed my camera from my golf cart to pop off a three-shot bracket of this scene.
Then I hit the shot and after two putts got my par 5. What a nice moment.
My first attempt to process this photo using Photomatix Pro didn’t turn out so well. The photo just wasn’t coming together as I liked. The problem was a very slight, but visible halo around the tops of the trees where they meet the sky. Common problem that I scold other HDR photographers about so I wasn’t about to output one of those disasters myself. Scrapped the hour of work and thought of another approach.
I was pretty sure that by using the Photomatix merge-to-32- bit Lightroom plugin that I could get a cleaner skyline with less chance of ending up with a halo. That’s why it’s good to have both tools. When you buy the full version of Photomatix Pro you get this plugin included with it. If you’re on a budget or just want to make HDR photos without as much fuss, this is a great option and the plugin alone costs only $29. You can save a few dollars when you buy Photomatix Pro 4.2 if you use the promo code; “PerfectHDR” The promo code gets you 15% off!