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Featured photo – Blue hour on Phra Nang Beach
It was a beautiful and peaceful blue hour (with really blue tones) at the Phra Nang Beach in southern Thailand. As it was low tide I decided to use puddles to create reflection of the majestic lime stone formations. And additionally, to show you how gigantic these rock formations are, I left a miniature human figure to the right of it. Can you spot it?
The photo is a HDR from 5 exposures 1 EV apart, tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro 5 and finished in Photoshop using luminosity masks. I tried to keep it as natural as possible (so you might find the rocks quite dark… but brightening them up would just make whole image look artificial).
If you would like to learn how to make HDR images like that one yourself, make sure to read my HDR tutorial where I focus on natural HDR processing.
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 16 mm
Exposure time: 1.6 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
Flash used: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 6, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail