Breaking of the dawn



So I figured since I posted kind of a gloomy image yesterday and I haven’t posted anything from our trip to the beach earlier this summer, I would brighten up HDR Exposed with some sunshine this morning.

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Today’s image is from our trip to Ocean City, Maryland on the morning that I was able to drag myself out of bed to try and see the sunrise.  Like I’ve said before, it is difficult to catch the sun coming up over the horizon in Ocean City because of all the clouds, but after I made my way down to the pier I was able to get a pretty decent shot of the sun behind some dramatic clouds.  Not dramatic in a gloomy way like yesterday, just a nice layer of clouds stretching all across the sky.  If you look at the end of the pier you will see a couple who had the same idea as me.  I originally cloned them out, but I like the scene with the both the viewfinder and the couple both looking towards the sunset.

Spent a little more time on this one that I usually do.  I started with the seven exposure HDR processed in Photomatix then opened in CS5.  Next I opened the shot in Color Efex and added a Pro Contrast filter, a Color Cast removal of the blues (both at 100% to the entire image) and finally a Tonal Contrast filter (100% to everything but the sky and then 50% on the sky).  Next I added an S Curve to the sky only, then a red adjustment curve, again, just to the sky.  Ran the image through onOne PhotoTools with the Turbo Boost, Blue Dawn Leonidas and Exaggerated Edges and Tones, at 15%, 10% and 10%, respectively.  Finally, added some high pass sharpening to the pier and beach, a bit of Dodging to get rid of a slight vignette in the upper left hand corner and some overall shadow lightening to brighten up the pier.  Finally called it a day after that.

Thanks for stopping by today everyone.  See you tomorrow.

  • Jimi Jones - August 30, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Wow, Dave. That’s an awesome sky with the sun and those rays beaming down. I like how the lines of the boardwalk pull you through the image as well. Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Len Saltiel - August 30, 2011 - 12:18 pm

    Wow Dave, this is sick. Great perspective down the pier, dramatic clouds and great sunburst. Has it all dude.ReplyCancel

  • Jose Vazquez - August 30, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    Love how you got the viewfinder in the frame too. The sky’s awesome…I really like those clouds. Those sun rays are just icing on the cake. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Edith Levy - August 30, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Really gorgeous shot….I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Nitz - August 30, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Well worth dragging yourself out of bed for! Nice job with the framing and processing :)ReplyCancel

  • Jim Nix - August 30, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    great comp Dave, love all those details and those clouds are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Steven Perlmutter - August 30, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    You really nailed this shot Dave. The sky and rays of sun are fantastic, and the composition sets it all up perfectlyReplyCancel

  • Curt Fleenor - August 30, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    What an awesome image Dave! The light beaming through the clouds is just incredible!ReplyCancel

  • A.Barlow - August 30, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Love the rays and the color. Good job today!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Frailey - August 30, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    That sunburst is nuts dude. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Hines - August 30, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    Absolutely fantastic sky! :)ReplyCancel

  • Marc Collins - August 30, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    Piers\boardwalks make such great subjects in a photo. You’ve nailed it here! Amazing skyReplyCancel

  • Victoria - Foto - August 31, 2011 - 8:44 am

    Nice photo!
    /Victoria from SwedenReplyCancel

  • Adam Allegro - August 31, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Beautiful!!Love that marbled sky! What is an S-curve?ReplyCancel

  • Jane - March 7, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Hi Dave,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Ocean City to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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