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Glorious Sunset - Auckland, New Zealand - EXPLORED | by stewartbaird
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Glorious Sunset - Auckland, New Zealand - EXPLORED

I almost missed this one; I was driving around in an unfamiliar place, trying to find the sea. I could see the Sun falling into the horizon. Time was running out! After a few wrong turns and couple of dead-ends, I found the sea. I had literally minutes to spare. There’s no thrill like “sunset chasing” – have you tried it yet?


I took this shot hand-held, resting against the side of the pier.It’s a 3 exposure HDR, bracketed at -2/0/+2. I tried processing through my normal route (HDR Efex Pro) but I just wasn’t happy with the result. I through it all away and started from scratch. The final image was done by manually blending in the 3 photos in Photoshop. A little UnSharp and finally some Gaussian Blur, nice and easy.Have you tried this trick of adding blur after sharpening? I can work pretty well.


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Taken on August 25, 2011