This is one of my old photos I took years back and I re-edited it using the latest tools and techniques.
I took it while visiting San Francisco for the very first time. This the view of Point Bonita from Hawk Hill in Marin Headlands.
Point Bonita is located at the San Francisco Bay entrance and it is a perfect spot to observe the heavy traffic of the bay with the huge cargo ships passing by.
I really like the strong contrast here between the blue color of the ocean, the sky and the colors of the cliffs of the point.
Shooting & Processing
I took 3 bracketed shots hand-held (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do.
I used HDR processing in Lightroom even though the light was not very dynamic and I could cover the entire range by using a single image only. I used the technique to produce the image with more digital information so could push it harder during editing. I described this technique in the case study: The Not-So-Obvious Reason for Using HDR.
After I produced HDR image in DNG format I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.
In order to improve the composition I changed the aspect ratio from 3×2 to 16×9.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (9, 13, 18, 32)
Deconstructing Featured Photo
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks, cliffs).