This photo is from Moonstone Beach, the location somewhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco along California State Route 1. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I strategically picked this beautiful place for overnight stays during my travel photography trips. It allows me to take advantage of golden sunset and sunrise hours.
For this particular sunrise photo, I used long exposure technique (1/15 – 0.5 sec) to make the water look smooth and silky and later processed 4 bracketed exposures for HDR in Photomatix.
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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
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, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 images to tone map HDR image (-2; -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky and water areas )
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (foreground cliffs)