The title gives away where this image was shot. Sharpsburg, Maryland is a bit weird in that historical sites are right up against private property. While I was on public land at the time the field and the fence were private land but I suspect they were apart of the Battle of Sharpsburg since it just runs all together. I was right up against a barbed wire fence with my tripod shooting over the farms field.
There was much cursing of Adobe with this image because I foolishly updated Photoshop only to discover its Adobe’s brand new version instead of an incremental update. So all my plugins and filters were gone. So I had to save the image as a massive PSD then go back into Photoshop to get all the stuff I needed to complete the image.
Speaking of the image itself this is what I would call a hybrid HDR image. I did create a HDR then I created a non-HDR image. I stacked the photos and aligned them and then let Photoshop do the tone mapping which turned out the way I wanted. That meant I didn’t have to go in and manually mask the images.
I still went back and did a bit of a dodge and burn on area and cleaned up the ever present dust spots in the sky.
Once that was done I did a mask to remove the noise from the image and then did a quick sharpen pass and call it done.