Daily photo – Phra Nang beach at Sunset
Phra Nang, similarly to Railay, is closed by high limestone cliffs on both sides. But apart from that you can find several caves and caverns there, you have excellent view on the nearby deserted islands and generally whole experience feels more unreal (really! swimming or kayaking in such place is life lasting memory and I cannot believe I was there). It makes it a great place not only to relax but also to take some landscape photos. And due to location of that beach, it is a perfect place to take some sunset images. Despite the fact, the place is sometimes crowded during midday, near sunset it becomes pretty much deserted with just a few people walking on the beach and trying to capture sunset with their smartphones. And accidentally standing just in front of the lens thus ruining long exposure images 🙂 but I can’t blame them of course as they do the same as I do – try to capture beautiful moment.
Anyway, to take the image below I entered one of the caverns on Phra Nang beach during low tide. During high tide it’s impossible to take such photo as cavern is full of water and there is no safe place to put a tripod there.
Below photo is a HDR image. I took 7 exposures at 1.5 EV spacing. As you can see even that many exposures aren’t enough to recover all details in shadows. However, in case of this image it was done on purpose because I wanted to have top part of the image underexposed to attract attention to spectacular colours in the sky and water.
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 16 mm
Exposure time: 0.6 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.5 EV
Flash used: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.7, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail