Rainbow Over South Shore of U’ahu (Hawaii)Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/rainbow-over-south-shore-of-uahu-hawaii/
HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )
Sandy Beach is my favorite beach in Hawaii. This is where action happens and you can always be part of it. When I discovered it for myself, I had no idea that it was famous place. Only after I almost broke my back trying to catch the wave while bodysurfing, I googled it and found out that the beach has the nickname ”break-neck” beach. The bodysurfing on Sandy Beach causes more injuries per year than any other beach in Hawaii. It did not stopped me from surfing there but I became more careful and alert.
The day I took featured photo I spend entire afternoon on the beach chilling and waiting for sunset hours. Suddenly the rainbow appeared from nowhere and only after it was fully visible, the rain started. It looked very unusual: bright blue skies, the sun, the rain and the rainbow.
I rushed to the Halona Hole observation point to be able to capture the rainbow over the Sandy Beach. It was challenging. The rain was quite strong and with the gusting wind I had to wipe my lens after every shot. I managed to take only couple of shots before rain started to pour and I had to retreat.
First, I merged 3 bracketed shots in Photomatix but I was not happy with the result. The sky and the rainbow did not look very good. Photomatix is not famous for rendering beautiful skies.
Then, I decided to blend 3 bracketed images using luminosity masks in Photoshop. The result was much better. The sky, clouds and the rainbow looked great but the mountains the beach looked kind of lifeless.
This is when I blended 2 resulting images together, taking from HDR image I produced in Photomatix, part with the shore, the beach and the mountains.