Seeing the clouds formation yesterday, i decided that i shoot some landscape and hence try the Jumierah Beach. The Place where i wanted to go was where there was sand bags only but instead I found this place accidentally(Just lost my old GPS which had the POV). Though accidentally i am lucky to find this place.
There are two things that i love about this place. One its isolated place (but surprisingly I found another fellow photographer doing his shot here ; update: I just found that out the photographer was non other than Beno Saradzic. I remember we just exchanged nods only)). Secondly i love the way the rocks blend inside the water .
Regarding the shoot, this scene was shot at almost 5:45pm with 9 exposure brackets. Luckily there was not much wind for the camera shake else it would be really hard to get the required sharpness. On the processing side this time, i went manually to combine these images. I hope you know that this kind of technique is called Digital Blending. Well you can say it is almost the same principal as HDR, the difference being as said above in digital blending you manually combine the exposure brackets in photoshop instead of HDR software to do it for you. So here is my Digital Blending with 3 Exposure Shots. One for the Sky, one for the water and another for the Rocks and Guy fishing.
So how do you know when do to HDR and when to do Digital Blending. I guess it comes with practice. Lets say you do HDR on the same picture and then you find the water is not smooth, you still need blend manually with the smooth water exposure rite. Hence most of the shots of seascape will end up with digital blending techniques. On the stylizing, i used Alien Skin Exposure along with Nik Filters to boost the colors in the scene. I am trying for the first time to introduce Alien Skin to my workflow.
How the photos were shot
- Taken with Tripod
- Nine exposures
- Camera: Nikon D800
- Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
How the HDR image was tonemapped
- Digitally Blended the 3 exposures in Photoshop
- Saved the resulting image as Tiff Image.
How the tonemapped image was post-processed
- Resulting File then Applied the Alien Skin Exposure
- Nik Color Efex pro
- Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise)