Today I would like to share with you image I took in the summer last year in the beautiful island of Madeira. This one was taken from top of Pico do Arieiro mountain at sunrise and it features some gorgeous golden light.
If you’re travelling to Madeira any time soon, make sure to read my best photo spots in Madeira, to get better idea what you can photograph there.
On a slightly unrelated topic, I made another change to this blog, very subtle this time. From now on when you click on the photo in the post, it will redirect you to my SmugMug account where you will be able to see the photo in bigger size (as well as purchase it as print if you wish to have it on your wall 😉 ).
Taking photo and post-processing
In this case I went with HDR (you can read more about HDR photography here) because as you can see in the Before image, dynamic range was too wide to capture it in a single frame. So I took 5 exposures, with 1 EV spacing.
After capturing them, I opened them in Photomatix Pro 5, where I used Contrast Optimizer with pretty default settings.
Then I opened the image in Photoshop where I used ON1 Effects plug-in to increase contrast and color saturation a little bit. I also added very slight vignetting (it’s hard too notice I believe but it’s there).