I am going through my last year’s photos and they remind me how different and unique California looked last winter because of the record-setting drought. The drought was disastrous for the state’s economy and it made landscapes look desert-like with some strong brown and orange hues.
I took this photo after completing Moonstone Beach Boardwalk hike in the early evening and I was ready for the golden hour in Moonstone Park. I tried to capture the incredible color contrast between blues of the sky and the ocean and golden hues of the shore.
Shooting and Processing
I took 5 bracketed shots on a tripod, trying to capture as much information as possible from brightest areas of the sky as well from the darkest areas of the foreground.
I used standard processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 17-70
Focal Length: 45mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
PROCESSING: HDR PROCESSED IN PHOTOMATIX
Lightroom: import, tagging, color balance, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 5 bracketed shots to merge image for HDR (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: contrast, vibrance and lots of cleaning with the Stamp Tool.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.