Daily photo – Sunset in Paradise
There are quite a few rocks in Puerto Aventuras in Mexico (Puerto Aventuras is about 100 km from popular city of Cancun) there what created a lot of landscape photography opportunities. In many of my photos from there I used rocks as a foreground element what you will see in following weeks quite often I guess. Funny thing is that apparently I was the only one happy about presence of these rocks. Most of the tourists didn’t share my enthusiasm regarding them as they made entering the water slightly more difficult (and a bit painful if you stepped on some sharp-edged stone) and there were some also lying on the bottom.
Today I would like to share a photo of a truly beautiful sunset in Puerto Aventuras. Warm almost golden light together with blue waters of lagoon resulted in some spectacular colours (as you probably know blue and orange are so called complementary colours and they look great in one picture). I used a bit longer exposures here ranging from 5 seconds to almost 30 to give the water smooth look as described in this tutorial. All this resulted in a calm and colourful image that I hope conveys how beautiful this place really is.
The best thing is that it required very little post-processing. I just combined the exposures to HDR in Photomatix Pro and then applied some contrast adjustments in Photoshop. And that’s all.
Camera: Sony NEX-6
Lens: Sony 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 10 mm
Exposure time: 10 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 4
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Filters: Cokin ND X variable density neutral gray
Technique: long-exposure, HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Adjust