Sun Rays

Sun Rays

I’m sorry for lack of posts recently but I’m very busy… again 🙂

Also the weather this autumn is totally awful so despite some cool plans, so far I haven’t taken any decent autumn photos. There aren’t many yellows or reds but due to heavy rains the leaves turn ugly brown instead. Forecasts are somewhat better for the next week so hopefully we will see some sun eventually and I will be able to take some nice autumn pictures.

Today I would like to share one more image from Madeira island instead. It was one stunning sunset in Funchal, capital city of the island. Sun rays were really gorgeous on that day!

Sun Rays in Funchal

Taking photo and post-processing

  • Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
  • Lens: Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS USM (read my review)
  • Focal length: 160 mm
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • ISO: 100
  • Number of exposures: 1
  • E.V. Step: n/a
  • Flash used: no
  • Tripod: yes
  • Filters: no
  • Technique: n/a
  • Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC 2015, ON1 Effects 10.5

This image was created from a single frame taken with telezoom lens @160 mm. The straight out of the camera image was quite ok but it was very flat – it lacked contrast and clarity so during post-processing I focused on enhancing that.

In Lightroom I started by making the white balance just slightly warmer. Then I decreased both Highlights and Shadows to around -50 (to restore highlights and also to make shadows darker and thus make contrast bigger). I also significantly increased Clarity (to +40).

Then I added a single graduated filter from top to bottom with contrast adjustment which had the effect of improving contrast in the clouds and sun rays (without affecting the town below).

Finally I opened the image in ON1 Effects 10 where I added some sharpening, vignetting and also increased colour saturation.

2017-01-17T19:42:23+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Posted in: madeira|