With a slight delay, here are three more photos from the early morning hike to Del Dios Highlands with my photo-friend Lawrence. Unlike the previous images, these are a bit more “typical landscapes” that actually include a portion of the sky. ;)
All three are “Lightroom HDRs”, in other words, they’re merged from multiple exposures to cover the entire dynamic range, and then developed with a healthy amount of local adjustments to bring out the details.
I consider this the “lazy” approach to working with high contrast scenes — blending with luminosity masks in Photoshop would be the obvious alternative, but when you can get results like this with using Lightroom alone, why bother going through all the extra steps? ;)