Before/after comparison: Golden light

Time for another before/after comparison + some post processing details. This time a sunset photographed in Amoudara, Crete. There was some beautiful warm light during golden hour so I took hundreds of pictures. Here is one of them.

I took 7 exposures at 1 EV spacing, merged them to HDR and tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro (which is Before). Then I edited my image with luminosity masks technique in Photoshop CC (After).

In the image below you can see what layers I used to create final image. Starting from bottom they are:

  1. Background – image produced by Photomatix Pro.
  2. Global color balance – I applied some global colour correction to my image but only to midtones (Cyan/Red: +3; Magenta/Green: -5; Yellow/Blue: +5) to make the light look more sunsetty.
  3. Highlights color balance – I then applied colour balance correction only to brightest parts of the sky and grass (Cyan/Red: 0; Magenta/Green: -18; Yellow/Blue: +10)
  4. Global contrast – applied some contrast to midtones only using Curves adjustment layer.
  5. Highlights contrast – added contrast to highlights in sky and grass
  6. Shadows contrast – added some contrast to darkest parts of the image and slightly brightened them up (I used Screen blending mode to get brightening effect)
  7. Highlights saturation – added some extra saturation to sky and grass (Master: +37)
  8. Shadows saturation – added a bit of saturation to darkest parts of the image (Master: +15)
  9. Sharpening – added some sharpening.

Finally some EXIF and other technical specs:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III
Lens: Canon 24 f/1.4 L USM II
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/18.0
Exposure time: 1/13 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.7 (Details Enhancer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC

2017-01-17T19:42:52+00:00 August 28th, 2013|Posted in: before/after, crete, hdr, landscape, post-processing|