Coming In at Sunset

Sunset docks
This was one of those times where I was planning on shooting something else but stumbled across this. My head was wrapped around the shooting of the other site that I wasn't really thinking too much about how to shoot this. For example, it didn't dawn on me until post processing that the floating dock I was on, well, floats and is susceptible to up and down motions. So though the tripod helped for some kinds of motions (my jittery hands) it didn't do anything for the floating up and downs. And of course I turned off image stabilization, like I think you should, when shooting on a tripod. This is a 7 shot HDR, and the negative exposures, since they have faster shutter speeds, didn't show the bobbing effect of the longer exposures. This is where having a good input sharpener comes in handy. Topaz Labs InFocus really did the trick for this, especially when there are so many masts in contrast to the sky.

This shot was a longer process as I took care of noise and sharpened each exposure individually (I suppose like I should) then ran the HDR process. The nice part of doing things this way is there's not much to clean up after the HDR process and I just ended up running the photo through Clarity and Detail to finish it up. I really like how this came out.


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