I took this photo while in Hawaii at the end of the January. That was the day when the rain started at least 20 times. Sometimes it was just for a couple of minutes and a few drops of the water but when I reached the Makapu’u area of the O’ahu, it was practically a storm with the heavy wind and pouring water.
I spent at least 40min in the car at Makapu’u Lookout parking waiting for the rain to stop. It was totally worth it.
Shooting & Processing
Because of the spots of the really bright spots and some areas of the dark clouds I decided to shoot for HDR, taking 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod.
For the processing, I used Lightroom HDR based workflow. I outlined this technique in my latest tutorial “Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom”.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Lightroom HDR Preset Based Workflow
Lightroom: import, tagging, HDR Merge, preset based processing (HGolden Gate preset from Landscape Collection)
Photoshop: contrast, color correction, cleaning and removing distracting elements (parking lot, houses) with the help of the Stamp Tool.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, river).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks mostly).