Gorgeous Sunset in Funchal
I’m still busy testing my brand new Canon 5D Mark IV but so far I don’t have any images from it worth sharing (I hope to capture some in the next few days, however). Also for that reason my today post will be shorter than usually.
Today photo shows dramatic sunset over city of Funchal on Madeira island. The light was really gorgeous! But at the same time pretty difficult to work with as very bright sun and dark shadows in the city resulted in extreme dynamic range. I decided to take 7 bracketed exposures, 1 stop apart to make sure both highlights and shadows are properly captured.
Taking photo and post-processing
- Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
- Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
- Focal length: 35 mm
- Aperture: f/9.0
- Exposure time: 1/40 s (“middle” exposure)
- ISO: 100
- Number of exposures: 7
- E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
- Flash used: no
- Tripod: yes
- Filters: no
- Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
- Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom CC, Photomatix Pro 5.1 (Contrast Optimizer), Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5
As you can see in the before image below, which is my 0 EV frame, highlights were completely blown out. Also some shadows were much too dark. That’s why using HDR in this case was necessity – to create image with correct exposure and with enough information in both brightest and darkest parts of the image. As you can see in the after image, thanks to HDR I managed to solve that issue.
As usually, I started editing by applying lens correction and removing chromatic aberration from all my 7 bracketed images. After that I loaded them into Photomatix Pro 5, where I used Contrast Optimizer tone-mapper with default settings.
After that I loaded my tone-mapped image back into Lightroom where I did minor adjustments to color saturation and also added gradient filter to the sky to add a touch of magenta tint to it.
Next, I opened the image in Photoshop and adjusted midtones, highlights and shadows contrast using luminosity masks to make the image more dramatic.
Final step was using ON1 Effects plugin to boost contrast and clarity a little bit.