Photographer's Note

Roseberry Topping is only 320m high but is the nearest thing to a mountain we have round here. It is on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, and it's a moderate walk to the summit. From the top there is a stunning 360 degree view; on a clear day you can see Teesside in one direction and the Yorkshire Dales in another. The day was August Bank Holiday Monday; I’ve never seen so many people going up and down Roseberry Topping at one time so we walked round the back. This view is not as common as the one which you see from the main road.
The original RAW file was badly under-exposed, so, inspired by Carlos (cjmm) I thought I would try blending two different RAW conversions together. I like the sky in the original, so I just did a straight forward conversion, checking white balance etc. and transferred it to Photoshop. With another copy of the same image I altered the exposure compensation to +1.5, before transferring to PS. Roseberry Topping was now correctly exposed, but the sky, of course, was over-exposed. I made a duplicate layer, selected the sky and deleted it. I then dragged the layer containing Roseberry Topping onto the original image with the good sky. As it was the same image there were no problems with getting it to fit. I used the blur brush on low opacity just to run over the join, and finished off with a bit of a tweak with curves. Finally I re-sized, smart sharpened and saved for web. I haven’t posted anything before with this amount of PP, but I was experimenting and decided to share it with you. I understand that this is one of the processes allowed. (TOS 3.v)
I have put the original in the WS, so you can see it is the real sky. In the other WS is a closer view, showing the hordes of walkers.

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