Phoenix from South Mountain

Phoenix from South Mountain
HDR created from seven bracketed photos processed in Photomatix v4. Post-processing in Topaz Adjust / DeNoise with Paintshop Photo Pro X3.

There was a bit of haze that showed up when I used the telephoto, so I took a few liberties with Topaz and PaintShop Photo Pro X3 to selectively sharpen a few things…gives it a little pop on the city skyline.

Also, there’s just a bit of snow on the mountaintops in the background. We don’t see that very often here in the Valley of the Sun, so I thought it was really cool to be able to capture it in this shot.

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  1. Nice shot, Zann! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken this exact same shot and still ended up tossing it due to all the haze/dust in the air. It’s so hard to get a good photo like this of the downtown Phoenix area from South Mountain. I think you did a great job though!

    • Thanks, Adam! Even after the rain and with all the wind blowing I couldn’t believe how much haze was still in the air, but still couldn’t resist trying that zoom lens anyway. 🙂

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