Yakushima island

Yakushima island

Today I would like to share another photo from Yakushima island in Japan. I already shared a few photos (together with locations description) from this magical place here, here, here and here but I believe it deserves sharing even more images.

Ponta de Sao Lourenco

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: 16 mm
  • Aperture: f/13.0
  • Exposure time: 1.3 s (“middle” exposure)
  • ISO: 200
  • Number of exposures: 5
  • E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
  • Flash used: no
  • Tripod: yes
  • Filters: no
  • Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
  • Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5.1 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5

This image is HDR image taken from 5 exposures at 1.0 EV spacing. The reason I used HDR here is because shadows in the 0 EV image were very dark and I wanted to restore some detail in them. In this case I didn’t care about blown out highlights that much as I quite liked the glow they produced. Anyway I decided to restore them just slightly as well (you will notice that in areas with branches).

Editing this image was quite simple. I started by applying lens correction and removing chromatic aberration and then sending all my 5 bracketed photos to Photomatix Pro 5, where I used Contrast Optimizer tone-mapper with default settings.

After that I opened the image in Photoshop and applied ON1 Effects 10 plug-in to it to enhance contrast and colors a little bit and to add vignetting effect.

BTW if you would like to learn more about HDR photography, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial:


2017-01-17T19:42:23+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Posted in: Japan|