Bsharri is a town at an altitude of about 1,500 m (4,900 ft) in the Kadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. It is located in the Bsharri District of the North Governorate.
Bsharri is the town of the only remaining (preserved) Original Cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), and is the birthplace of the famous poet, painter and sculptor Khalil Gibran who now has a museum in the town to honor him.
One glance from this overlook was enough to inspire a high-resolution panorama.
This scene had all the makings of a classic winter landscape capture; dazzling range of textures, vibrant pastels of the town which were partially blanketed by the frosty layers of snow. I had all the ingredients. All I needed was the perfect moment to stop the time.
Just when I grew impatient, low winter sun lit a fiery crown atop the mountain peaks. And there it was.
Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 70-300 f4-5.6L IS USM. Promote Remote Control was used for 7-stop bracketed exposures in 4 separate groups for a total of 28 captures.
Photoshop CC + Wacom Intuos 3 graphic tablet were used to paint luminance masks and for Dynamic Blending.
Certain details were lifted with Viveza 2 local toner. Photoshop’s RGB curves with layer masks were used to control the final look of the image