This weekend I was able to spend some time in a couple of Indiana’s State Parks. We spent the night at McCormick’s Creek State Park and the next morning headed to Spring Mill State Park. This helped with my project of photographing all of Indiana’s State Parks. I had been to McCormick’s Creek once before but only spent a small amount of time at one waterfall. My wife and I were able to explore it a bit more and we both really enjoyed it there. This photo was taken at Spring Mill within their historical village they have set up around their grist mill. The aqueduct above the little creek feeds the watermill which grinds the corn into flour. They have a demonstration of this each hour which is worth checking out. It is a huge steampunk-like assembly made of wood and iron and it gets cranking at a pretty good rate all from a little water power. More pictures from that soon….
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF25-105mm f/4L IS USM
Settings: 6 bracketed shots @ 28mm, f/16 and ISO 100
This was actually a pretty good example of a shot that Photomatix could handle very well. The software did a great job of evening out the exposure for the sunlit background and the shaded creek. I had to bring back some highlights still in some of the trees in the background. I also had to choose a certain exposure for the water. I liked the +1 over-exposed image and blended most of that back in. Color Contrast and Sharpening in Color EFX Pro and noise reduction with Noiseware both selectively applied with layer masks.