I processed this with Photomatix 5 using 3 bracketed shot and chose the Vibrant preset for the Contrast Optimizer. After that I used Nik Color Efex Pro and added some glamour glow to the sunny areas and the shadow areas. I find the shadows often benefit from the glamour glow effect. It acts as a local noise reduction technique (not so much here) and also increases the contrast between the shadows and light areas.
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I’m really glad they added a spotlight this year. It added some extra excitement to the balloon shots at the 2014 Hudson Hot Air Affair. It was also fun chasing down the balloon landings as they skimmed the rooftops of local homes.
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Took this from Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. A popular spot for weddings in the warmer months. Even with the frigid temps the water is still open along this stretch by the upper falls.
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This is on Main Street in the historic river town of Stillwater, MN. A fresh blanket of new snow on a chilly morning.