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I was planning this shot for a couple of days. I used my favorite app Exsate Golden Hour to pinpoint the time and the position of the sun at sunset
Since I had plenty of time to experiment with the different shutter speed values and various techniques, I ended up with the bunch of different images to choose from. First, I took a series of 3 bracketed shots as I normally do. It resulted in the shot with the aperture value of f/9 and the shutter speed of 1/13s.
Next, I used
Editing & Processing
It was a 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. I also made sure the horizon was straight. 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 (2, 8, 21, 33, 39)I applied the same editing settings to the second RAW image with the long exposure effect. I exported both images to Photoshop.
Total Time: 20min
Before & After Transformation
Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.
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