This image is one of a number I took around Emu Flat, Victoria. I had been out in that area a few weeks before with Stuart Forsyth and between us we produced an interest range of images. I went back on my own to explore another road in the area.
A local real estate agent pointed me toward this hill with promises of interesting rocks and artistic trees. A number of other shots from this expedition are in this gallery at Ipernity.
I took most of the shots with a 20mm lens on the front of the Canon 5D. I love the effect this gives you when shooting from a low perspective with a good subject and a dramatic sky.
When processing this image, I decided I wanted a ‘ghostly’ look rather than a totally sharp image. I thought this suited the pale, dead trees. I use Adobe Camera RAW 4.6 for processing. To achieve the basic effect, I moved the Clarity slider to the left, instead of the right. The amount of ‘negative’ clarity depends on the image. With some images it works really well, with others, not so much.
In Photoshop, I used a layer to ‘paint’ some light onto the highlights of the rocks and the tree trunks and to darken the shadows on the rocks.