This is one of those rejected and never published or even processed photos I took in the summer of 2008 in Prince Edward Island.
It is hard to believe that I took it almost 7 years ago. Lots of changes happened in the way we take photos and most noticeable in the way we process them.
When I analyze photos taken with my first Canon Rebel, what I notice first is the high level of digital noise and also the general softness of the images. The gradual evolution of the camera sensors made me forget that the noise was one of the main obstacles in achieving clean photos those days.
I had fun dealing with the old challenges, but at the same time, I have to admit that the modern processing and editing tools made it much simpler task.
Shooting and Processing
I took 3 bracketed shots hand-held (-1, 0, +1) but HDR processing was not the original intention because I had no idea about HDR existence in 2008.
But I am glad that I bracketed most of my shots those days because it allows me now to use new processing techniques like HDR merging or digital blending.
For this particular shot, I chose Photoshop based HDR workflow. I used the HDR Pro module of Photoshop to merge 3 bracketed shots to HDR (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 350D (Rebel XT)
Lens: Sigma 17-70
Focal Length: 17mm
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1)
Processing: HDR Processed
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (see my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow”)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise in the sky and ocean
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (rocks, forest)