Quiet, a small amount of gentle wind, and sunny weather. A great combination for a sunburn. And photos at the beach without many people.
Bolsa Chica Beach RAW image
This is the RAW photo unedited. And accompanying this one my processed HDR image.
Since we had wind, waves, and some movement I only captured one shot. Yes, this is synthetic HDR and I promise you can’t tell the difference in 3 bracketed shots. If I hadn’t told you you would not even know.
So, in Lightroom 5 I worked on some simple starter adjustment on image number one. Next I created two additional virtual copies and adjusted the exposure by 1.5 and -1.5. Then into Photomatix Pro for my HDR tone mapping merger.
After Photomatix I import back into LightRoom 5 and apply my custom presets for an advanced landscape effect that is natural, yet done in HDR. If I get some residual noise, as I did in this image I export to Topaz De-Noise and apply the moderate filter to remove some noise and re-import to LightRoom 5.
And…. Walllaw!! My final Bolsa Chica Beach capture ready for prime time.
What are your thoughts on this image?