Fire Streaks Sunset Lanzarote [Explored]
This was taken on the Playa Grande beach Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote at close to high tide. The ideal weather for a good sunset is high white cloud which the sun shines through. The day developed like this and the sunset followed just to order. 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 1/3 sec, 1.3 sec and 5 seconds
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.
General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance.
The colours needed very little adjustment, Vibrance layer increase 31 points
The +2EV exposure was added in as a new layer. A black layer mask was added by holding alt while clicking the mask icon. Note that with an existing mask eg white which is the default for adjustment layers the colour of the mask can be changed from white to black and vice versa by clicking the mask to select it and then holding ctrl while pressing I for Invert. In this case a white brush was used on the black mask to bring more detail into the rocks with the extra exposure in this layer.
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 60 amount and 60 radius.
Another duplicate layer was used for Topaz Adjust to bring back more detail using HDR Presets, Dynamic Pop with adjustments. In Photoshop the effect was brought down a little by reducing the opacity of the layer used for Topaz to 86%.
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