I took this photo on the very last day of my trip to Northern California. Normally, when I travel back from California, I take the early morning flight and land in Montreal in the evening. At some point I realized that by traveling during the day I miss the entire day of shooting, including the sunrise and the sunset. This time I booked very last red-eye from San Francisco, and as result, I had an extra day of shooting in the city. I was rewarded with a warm and sunny day with beautiful clouds in the evening.
I was at Fort Point, which is located in very close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge. In order to convey the scale of the scene, I used a wide angle lens (10mm) and used the road and the fence as leading lines to the focal point of the composition: the Golden Gate Bridge.
The processing was pretty straight forward; I used Photoshop HDR Pro to merge 3 bracketed exposures to HDR. The main challenge was the final cleaning. In order to remove any distractions from the scene, I had to mask the entire family from the grass (see original images below), the big bird, the guy and the car in the background and the fire hydrant.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18 mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -2, 0, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photoshop HDR Pro
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -2, 0, +2) were used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, contrast, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning. I used Stamp Tool to mask distracting elements from the composition: the family seating on the grass (see original images above), the big bird, the guy and the car in the background and the fire hydrant.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.