I am going through my last year’s photos and they remind me how different and unique California looked last winter because of the record setting drought. The drought was disastrous for the state’s economy and it made landscapes look desert-like with some strong brown and orange hues.
I took this photo after completing Moonstone Beach Boardwalk hike in early evening and I was ready for the golden hour in Moonstone Park. I tried to capture incredible color contrast between blues of the sky and the ocean and golden hues of the shore.
Shooting and Processing
I took 5 bracketed shots on tripod, trying to capture as much information as possible from brightest areas of the sky as well from the darkest areas of the foreground.
I used standard processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 17-70
Focal Length: 45mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
PROCESSING: HDR PROCESSED IN PHOTOMATIX
Lightroom: import, tagging, color balance, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 5 bracketed shots to merge image for HDR (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: contrast, vibrance and lots of cleaning with the Stamp Tool.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.