Afternoon Desert Panorama, Big Bend National Park
This shot was cropped from a 19-shot panorama in the desert of Big Bend National Park. It was taken late in the afternoon — horrible light — but I still like the view and the subtle rays from the sun shining from behind the clouds. A neutral density filter would have been handy to balance out the exposure of land an sky but I don’t one so I picked the exposure I liked best. HDR would have been an option but I’ve never been happy with my HDR pano attempts.
Processing consisted of the pano merge in Photoshop, 3 curves layers (and associated masks), exposure tweaks in a few spots, and noise reduction in the sky areas.