This was taken on the Playa Grande beach Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote at close to high tide. There were also some good waves coming in and I used my recently acquired ND 8 filter which reduces light by 3 stops to get a soft feel to the waves. The HDR exposures were 1/5 sec, 1.6 sec and 6 seconds.
I was on a slightly higher bit of the beach providing a safe location as the waves came in.
The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.
Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.
Detail brought back in with Topaz adjust with HDR pop with adjustments
General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance.
Vibrance layer increase 25 points
The sunset colours were enhanced in the tonemapping and Topaz and slightly taken back by reducing saturation in yellows and blues with a layer mask to keep the colour in the water.
Layers flattened before going on to sharpening
First duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening
Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 53 amount and 53 radius.
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