Montana Sunset and Storm Clouds

Last night I had the opportunity to do some photography with fellow Olympus shooter Eric Rock exploring some areas new to both of us just outside of Bozeman, Montana, and we were treated to some great light!

Finding this particular spot at just the right moment, there was no time for tripods and even if we had remembered to bring our split neutral density filters, there would have been no time to get those set up either. We barely had enough time to jump out of my car and scramble down a small hill and start firing away.

Fortunately the Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera has enough dynamic range to handle shots like this, as this was processed from a single-exposure shot hand-held in High Res mode providing me with a 50MP image.

I used my M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro lens, shot at 8mm at ISO 320, 1/15s at f6.3. Even with shooting at f6.3 this image is sharp from foreground to mountains.

RAW file was first processed in Capture One Pro, and Photoshop and the new Topaz Studio 2 were used to put the finishing touches on it.

Here are some screenshots showing some before & after images of this photograph.

This shows the before and after in Capture One Pro, with the image on the right straight-out-of-camera prior to adjusting.


This shows the adjustments – some global and some selective – I did inside the new Topaz Studio 2

Have any questions? Post them in the comments below! 

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