Pink Sunrise at Glenorchy Jetty
Epic Sunrise Glenorchy
Hey guys! I have a question, if you’ve got a minute. If you’re a regular visitor to the blog, do you find the post-processing description and the before/after comparisons useful?
I’m just wondering if it is something I should continue, or if it’s not really helping much. Thanks!
Last week I booked myself into a hotel for 8 days so that I could record/write a few tutorials. I’ve also been working on the presentation I’ll be giving at this year’s Out Of Chicago conference. It’s a mixture of personal anecdotes and ideas that I think people will find useful, and some awesome post-processing tips.
I don’t make many public appearances, organise photowalks, or conduct workshops. But since I’d planned to be in the US at the time of the conference, I love Chicago, and thought it might be a fun experience, I decided to accept the invitation.
If you happen to be going to the conference, I’d love it you could email me via the contact form on this website and tell me what post-processing technique you would love to see demonstrated at the presentation.
Sorry that my blog post is a bit short today. Time is a wee bit tight right now, but thank you, as always, for stopping by.
How I Created The Image – Before/After Post-Processing
The Cool Bits -Technical Info
Processing Time: 40 minutes
Exposure Blending method: Gradient Mask in Raya Pro
No. of Exposures: 6 (3 tile panorama, using 2 exposures for each tile)
EV Range: -2, 0, +2
Focal Length: 14mm
Lens: Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
Camera: Nikon D800
Plugins: Nik Color Efex
Luminosity Masks: used to create softer shadows.
Workflow Explanation – Glenorchy Jetty
This image was created using Raya Pro – The Photoshop Plugin.
This image is composed of 6 exposures. Three tiles were used for the panorama, while each tile was made up of two exposures – one brighter exposure for the foreground and a darker exposure for the background.
I blended the exposures using a Gradient Mask in Raya Pro, and then I stitch the tiles together. I corrected most of the barrel distortion using both Distort and Adaptive Wide Angle. There is still a little distortion left, but since I was looking to create a slightly surreal mood here, it wasn’t anything I found too worrisome. You can see how I correct distortion in this tutorial: Photoshop Secrets 20: Easily Remove Distortion (Perspective & Barrel)
The RAW files above really don’t do justice to quite how colourful the scene was. The mixture of blues and pinks, as blue hour met early sunrise, was stunning. With a couple of contrast adjustments and a Hue/Saturation layer I darkened the image and deepened the colours somewhat.
I stretched the image upwards using Distort because the mountains in the background, although not very large naturally, were flattened even more by shooting so wide.
I dodged the highlights in the water to emphasize the reflections. I added a customary Orton Effect with Raya Pro, and softened the shadows and darkened the midtones for a deeper mood. I actually have a YouTube tutorial coming out soon talking about these techniques.
In Nik Color Efex I used the Pro Contrast filter to bring out more detail in the clouds.
And I finished by creating a custom vignette that you can learn to do here: Quick Photoshop Secrets 9: Awesome Vignette For a Moodier Scene.
Finally, the image was sharpened and resized using my free sharpening tools, which you can download here: Quick Photoshop Secrets 16: Perfect Sharpening & Resize for the Web
As always, I hope you found this useful.
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