A River Runs Through It

October 31, 2011 by Jason Hines

Happy Monday everyone! I posted a picture on G+ last night of some of the gear I was sorting through for my Utah trip this week. I got a request to tag all of the items in the photo so I decided instead to record a quick (kind of) video talking about the different gear I was taking for those of you who are interested. This is just some of what I’m taking this week. Enjoy!

We spent this past weekend in Sedona enjoying some great weather and some brilliant fall colors. After a slight sunrise snafu that involved me setting the alarm for 4:30pm instead of am, we set off to explore Oak Creek Canyon where we came across some brilliant morning light illuminating some beautiful foliage. For images like this, I tend to have a lot of problems with ghosting in the leaves. I decided the best way to overcome this was to blend the exposures manually in Photoshop instead of using Photomatix. What do you do when you have ghosting issues with leaves?

HDR Photo of Oak Creek Canyon

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 16-35
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5


  1. Adam Allegro says:

    Cool post and video! If I use photomatix for shots like this, I find pumping up the contrast does a pretty good job blasting away some of the Halos (some of the time). I need to get more savvy on blending exposures manually, i think it would be a great tool to have in my kit! Well done Jason, spectacular shot. I think this would work well in B&W also!
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  2. Jan Winther says:

    Beautiful shot, Jason. Im gonna have to watch the video when Im back home.
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  3. Chris Nitz says:

    What are you using for the water filter? Great breakdown on all the gear as well. I agree, you can never take enough footwear. My wife and I go to northern Minnesota every year for some canoeing/hiking adventures and having cold and wet feet is just unfun. Have a safe trip!
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  4. Justin says:

    One of my all time favorite movies! Great image.
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  5. John says:

    Awesome photo – I definitely need to work on blending photos in photoshop. I do notice that Photomatix does tend to create a lot of ghosting in leaves which can be very detrimental to the photograph. This came out awesome though great work :)
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  6. Mary says:

    I love, love, love this image. Also the video of all your cool gear.

  7. Edith Levy says:

    Wonderful image Jason. I love Oak Creek Canyon and you’ve captured it beautifully.
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  8. Rick Louie says:

    Excellent scene! I’m not a big HDR person, but I do blend images. I find they look more natural and give the image more emotion so I still bracket my images, but will do a layer mask vs. a HDR merge.
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  9. Jim Denham says:

    BEautiful scene Jason! Well done!

  10. A.Barlow says:

    That’s a beautiful shot. The ducks just add that little extra something. Nice work.

  11. Great shot! I usually use Photomatix’s ghosting tool, but will usually paint the mask back in of the best leaves exposure in CS5…
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  12. Eden says:

    Lovely light in this shot Jason!
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  13. LensScaper says:

    Fantastic colors and beautiful light. Shooting into the light is a great way to get the brightness into the foliage. I’m afraid I’ve never used HDR for this type of shot.
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