I was browsing some old pics from 3 years ago - a time when I just started to shoot in RAW - and found a series of shots from Bali, that I thought would never make a decent picture, but I wanted to give it another try. Somehow I wanted to check whether I was able to process a picture that represents the beauty of that evening or that I had to delete it.
Long story cut short: I came out quite well, but how?!
|Sanur Sunset - after|
I took the pic in the evening when everybody was enjoying the last light on the beach. So I was challenged with rather complicated light conditions. I didn't know what the best camera settings for the situation would be, but I knew that shooting in RAW would later give more options to correct my shortcomings. I think I opted for some of the automatic settings that Canon offers for beginners and took my pictures. I ended up with a nicely lit sky, but a very dark foreground.
|Sanur sunset - before|
A few days ago I checked out Trey Ratcliffe's homepage (stuckincustoms.com) and read/watched his short, but very informative and helpful HDR-tutorial. So I decidedd to see what is possible with a file like this. After playing around for some while I saved a decent HDR/ tonemapping result. Now the beach was visible, almost no noise and lovely colours.
|Sanur sunset HDR|
Next thing was to add some more atmosphere, which in my case usually means some further processing with textures.
I chose the following two textures:
|New Gold Dream|
New Gold Dream is for free download, get it here:
As usual I am adding a copy of the layer order with some remarks to show how I processed the picture:
Again, thanks for reading!