Top of the Yutoku Inari Shrine

Those photo was a tricky one to process. Took me a couple attempts. At first I went to crazy with the colors. I wanted really dark heavy contrasted colors. But then it lost a lot of it’s rich saturation. So I took one of the more vibrant processed images of a totally different look, layered it on top and adjusted the opacity. It’s a cool trick I’ve learned with HDR when you push it to far. I’ll process the photos with two extremes then blend them in Photoshop to meet in the middle.

For the texture look, I used some free textures by Sirius-sdz on DeviantART. I love that sight. I believe I set the blending mode to Hard Light and adjusted the opacity until it looked right.

For the final coloring I did it all in Lightroom 4 using my Retro Collection to get a base look, then tweaked from there. That’s usually how I get that sort of old look that I love with my HDR photos.


Today’s HDR Photo -Top Of The Yutoku Inari Shrine

Top Of The Yutoku Inari Shrine  Once you travel up the structure of the Yuoku Inari Shrine you come to this spot. I was lucky and the shrine was nearly empty the day I was there. It allowed me to get all sorts of fun photography of this awesome place in Southern Japan.Read more about the Yutoku Inari Shrine at


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