McArthur-Burney Falls, Northeastern, California.
This photo of the famous McArthur-Burney Falls was taken last summer, during our Northeastern California Road Trip.
I didn’t really like the way it looked straight out of the camera at all. It was actually one of the photos that almost got dumped during the editing process. Then, the other day, I started experimenting in Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom 2.1 to see what I could come up with.
Now, it is actually one of my favorites from the series of photos I took of the falls. You can see a few more photos of McArthur-Burney Falls in my Shasta County category.
Can you figure out what I did to make this photo look like a painting? I will post the answer in a few days. Thank you for your participation!
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Update: Thank all of you who commented on this photo of McArthur-Burney Falls. I am not going to make you wait any longer to tell you what I did to get it to look like a painting.
First of all, the original photo was way too underexposed. I really didn’t think I would be able to do anything with it, but I was wrong! I started experimenting using Lightroom 2.1, until I either got something I liked, or it was going into the trash bin.
Settings I used in Lightroom
Set Blacks to 0
Set Recovery to 100
Set Fill to 80
Set Clarity to +100
Set Vibrance to +55
Are you surprised?