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Andaman Sunset - Khao Lak, Thailand (HDR) | by farbspiel
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Andaman Sunset - Khao Lak, Thailand (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

This is sunset over the Andaman Sea seen from the beach of Khao Lak. This is the place where the Tsunami wave hit the coast of Thailand on December 26th 2004. It was a strange feeling to be standing there and thinking about this event while the sun was setting peacefully.


Unfortunately, we did not have too much luck with the sunsets on that trip. On most evenings, the sky was completely covered with clouds and there was heavy rain. This was one of the rare occasions to see a sunset.


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Success story:

This photo was featured in the Explore D90 Content from May 12th to May 16th 2010.


How it was shot:

> Taken with a tripod

> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed

> Camera: Nikon D90

> Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6G ED VR

> Details can be found here


How it was tonemapped:

> Preparation: Developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]

> Developed three sets of TIF files in ACR with different color temperatures: cold, normal, warm

> Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer) used to create three HDRs (cold, normal, warm) from the developed TIF files wih the same settings


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Blended the three versions to get a warm color for the sun, a nice blue at the top and a more normal tone at the bottom (combination of different gradient tools for masking)

> Separate saturation adjustment layers for each of the blended layers to tune the tones

> Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast

> Topaz Denoise on all layers [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Slight cropping



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Taken on April 1, 2010