Best Viewed Large.
This is a photograph that I took at my local golf course in Rainhill.
It was just after 21:00 and the sun was setting, but when I looked over the colours were really nice. So I got my camera out and took a few different shots using the Auto HDR (+/- 6ev) to capture all of the detail that would have been lost in the silhouettes of the trees.
When I got home I opened the photograph into CS5 and did some touch-ups. The next morning I re-opened the image and did some more processing. I wanted to really show off the vibrant colours, so I used a selective RGB colour curve to reduce the red hue in the midtones and then used the Blue and Green channels to liven it up.
After I had done this I played around with the HDR Toning adjustment in CS5 and entered some values until I got the image you see here.
This flattened the image and I wanted to re-adjust the colour curves to bring out the blue in the sky a little bit more, so I used a new colour curve to alter this.
I wanted to give this a surreal felling to it, and I think it has worked out pretty well :)
Edited in Photoshop CS5
Sony NEX5 with 18-55mm lens & Hoya UV filter
(taken free-hand ie. No tripod)