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.
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.