Challenge: First Impressions — Land-or-Cityscape, 2017 (Standard Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Carboneras, Spain
Date: Jan 6, 2017
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2017
|Shot shortly after sunset looking west along a bay of the Andalusian coast from a relatively tall mesa, using the 100mm f/2.8L macro to compress the perspective and flatten out the waterscape. The light in winter here is amazing, giving the dusty sunsets a soft golden glow that then infuses into everything, melting into the ocean and the stark desert mountains.
Working with the wavelet decompose technique to control detail on different scales, suppressing finer details in the sky and mountains as a form of noise control, and suppressing larger details to bring out finer grain in the surface of the sea.
Editing: 0.9 degree rotation to level the horizon, cloning out sensor dust, curves to bring up the blues in the shadows and the yellows and reds in the highlights, dodging and burning to increase the contrast of the sea relative to the mountains, wavelet decompose and reduction of smaller details in the sky and flat areas of the mountains, and decrease of the coarse details in the sea surface, resize and very light sharpen.
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