Silver Sands State Park: From the Pier
Good Afternoon everyone!
It's definitely been a while since I've been able to get some sunrise shots (seeing how it is as cold as a bastard outside). I saw a new technique on sharpening images from Rahil (applying a high pass filter, and overlaying the filterer image on top of the original image).
I thought I would venture a bit further, and do a full blown HDR in Photoshop.
This is my first result, so enjoy!
I will be adding my procedure, maybe I can get some constructive criticism!
1 - I merge (generally) three exposures (-2, 0 and +2) using Photoshop [File - Automate - Merge to HDR]
2 - I apply a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer (to bring out original colours) [Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Hue/Saturation]
3 - I apply a mask layer over the top half of the picture ( I want to maintain the detail while I do tone mapping). I increase the exposure (depending on the image) one and a half stops. [Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Exposure - Set Exposure to 1.5, and set a mask over the top half of the image (drawing in black)]
4 - Tone Mapping. [Image - Mode - 16 Bits/Channel]
5 - I apply the tone mapping (making adjustments as required).
6 - High Pass Filter to slightly sharpen (bring out minor details) in the completed image. [Layer - Duplicate Layer - Filter - Other - High Pass (adjust the radius so that only edges can be seen) - Set to Overlay]
7- In this image, I applied a red gradient map over top (to give more vibrant reds). I also adjusted the opacity of the layer so that it does not dominate the other colours. [Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Gradient Map - Set to Overlay - Set Colour and modify opacity to liking].