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Splash Mountain

by Matthew Cooper
Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is another one of those spots that I always have to shoot even though I have many photos already. It doesn’t hurt it’s an absolutely fantastic spot for some sunset photos as well. I always get at least 1 sunset shot of it if not more during my visit.

Shooting & Editing Splash Mountain

This was shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 2.8. I also used a 7 stop Progrey ND filter. This of course was so I could shoot into the sun while still getting a long exposure for the water, in particular the small waterfall here. I ended up using 3 shots from my bracket for this shot. I blended them in Photoshop using luminosity masks before making a series of levels and hue/saturation adjustments. I also applied Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast. I also did a bit of light painting to expand the effect of the sun’s light on some of the rocks. I especially like to do this and then apply a mask so it adds a bit of color to the highlighted edges. I think this really helps balance the image out. I used a light Orton Effect in the sky and then finished off the shot with sharpening.

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