It was completely unexpected and unplanned photo. I spent two hours in the park hunting for a good light. But, the thick clouds were blocking the sunlight making the scene flat and boring.
When the sun was below the horizon, I gave up and started walking home. This was when the magic happened. For 4-5 short minutes, the sun illuminated the entire sky, from the horizon all the way to the top, rendering some unrealistic and saturated colors.
I did not have time any fancy shooting techniques. I just started shooting frantically individual shots until the fire in the sky was gone.
Editing & Processing
It was single RAW processing workflow.
With the help of the Crop Overlay tool I cropped the image to improve the composition without changing the aspect ratio.
Next, I used Autumn preset from my Fall Colors Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to reduce Clarity and boost Contrast.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Autumn (9, 13, 32, 38)
First, I used the Stamp Tool to remove the bench and the light post from the scene to make composition cleaner.
Next I used the Spot Healing Bush to clean up the image.
Plugins: DeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).
Total Time: 20min