Crystal Springs Preserve is located in Pasco County, Florida a short distance north of Hillsborough River State Park. Crystal Springs is a natural spring that provides water to the Hillsborough River near its beginning which is located in the Green Swamp. The preserve is private and is currently serving primarily as a 'learning resource' for small groups of 15 or more. Jim and I were able to visit this beautiful location with several members of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts located in downtown Tampa, Florida.
This photograph was taken late morning on a sunny day. HDR (High Dynamic Range) was used to capture and process this photograph. I set my camera on a tripod to ensure all the images were composed exactly the same, then used bracketing to take four photos. All of these photos were taken at ISO 320, Aperture F/27. The shutter speed varied 1/15sec, 1/8sec, .5sec, 1.0sec. My post-processing of this set of photos involved several different software packages. Light room 5 (LR5) was used to reduce highlights a little on the rocks, then merge these using Photomatix HDR software. After doing the merge, I then used Nik Color Efex 4 - added the detail extractor filter and then did a few minor adjustments in LR5 after that to ensure contrast and blacks are set to my liking.
The resulting photo shows a more even lighting that looks more like the scene actually looked this Saturday morning.