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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.

SHOOTING

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.

PROCESSING

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. 
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Driving Along the South Shore of O’ahu (Hawaii)
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The South Shore coastal drive is probably the most scenic drive on Oahu island of Hawaii. The main reason for that is that its views are not obstructed by the trees and it runs very closely to the shore without taking you inland.

During my first visit to O’ahu, I drove along the drive, at least, a few dozen of times because at the end of the drive was located the famous Sandy Beach where I learned how to bodysurf and almost broke my back.

Good times.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I noticed this spot the very first time I drove along the South Shore. But for a couple of days, I could not take any pictures there because there was no legal parking around with the busy traffic and police cars always patrolling the popular tourist destination.

The day I took the featured photo, I knew I had only a couple of minutes so I prepared my camera and tripod and kept it unfolded in the car. I parked at the side of the road and took a couple of sets of bracketed shots. Finally, I took 8 individual shots with the goal to create a long exposure effect later in Photoshop.

In 3-4 minutes I was on my way.

First, I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (13, 16, 20, 31)

Next, I took 8 individual shots and using the technique I described in details in Long Exposure Photography Without a Tripod tutorial, I blended them together in Photoshop to create a long exposure effect.

Finally, I combined together the main image I created in the first step with the long exposure image from the second step in Photoshop. 
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Manhattan Sunset Bird (New York)
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Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )

New York is only 6 hour drive from Montreal and when I feel I need extra inspiration for my photography I simply drive down south for day or two.

I took this photo last summer while visiting New York and when I stayed not far from Staten Island. The Staten Island is not exactly the spectacular location with the regards to photography, but it gives you unique opportunity to use Staten Island Ferry when visiting Manhattan. During my short stay I got to ride Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan and back 14 times.

Every time I was on the ferry I saw couple of huge seagulls following the boat at very close distance, waiting for the food to be thrown at them by the tourists. This is when I got an idea to place the bird(s) into the composition of the Manhattan skyline at the sunset. 
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Tonight's sunset behind Lana'i as seen from Launiupoko. All's well in the tropics. Aloha! #Sunset #Maui #Lahaina
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Turtle island
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Going for a Sunday morning walk in wanda beach, Cronulla, is the best way to start your day. #beach #cronulla #wanda #sydney #australia #ilovesydney #seascape #landscape #nature #beachlife #reflections #clouds #photographybyalexk
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Porto Venere par Réda Hamdouch
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Army Bay New Zealand, winters morning.
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Mont-Saint-Bruno Fall Reflections (Canada)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/mont-saint-bruno-fall-reflections-canada/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )

While processing this image, I decided to do something different, more artsy or even abstract. When I analyzed 3 bracketed photos that I took in Mont Saint Bruno park, I could see that the main attractions were reflections in the water of the lake and the top part of the composition, where the sky is, which was a bit weak and boring.

I flipped the entire image and cropped it to keep only the reflections. Now, every single element of the image is the reflection in the water. It reminds me now of an impressionist painting. 
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Lana'i on a Wednesday evening, looking over 8 miles of Lahaina Roads. Lovely. Aloha! #Sunset #Maui #Lahaina 
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Softness in the late afternoon!
Softness in the late afternoon
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From Staten Island to Manhattan (New York)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, HDR Expose 3, Photoshop
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Beauty in Black and White...Big Sur, California

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Point Sur Lightstation at Sunset (California)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)

I always try to find and tell a story behind every travel photo that I post in my blog. But, I could not recall anything interesting about this shot.

This is one of those iconic places around Big Sur when you drive along California State Route 1. You can spot it quite often in TV commercials and movies. I was just lucky to pass Point Sur at the right time. It was not very comfortable outside of the car with gusty, cold wind blowing from the ocean. It was quite challenging to keep my tripod steady while taking a series of bracketed shots for HDR. But I was not complaining since the light was outstanding, illuminating the entire scene with a soft golden hue. 
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Grand Manan Island – Southwest Head Light (New Brunswick)
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I love visiting Grand Manan Island which located in the heart of Bay of Fundy. I consider it to be one of the ultimate photography destinations. It is simply beautiful.

Normally, when I travel to Atlantic Canada, I dedicate one full day to spend on Grand Manan. I always take the very first ferry in the morning and after 2-hour ride I arrive at Grand Manan around 9am.

It is always foggy in the morning and you have to wait at least an hour for the sun to start burning fog away. Every time I visit Grand Manan, the fog start to disappear from the southern tip of the island – Southwest Head. This is where I always drive after arriving at the island and start my photo exploration from there.

This year it was no different, except that it took almost 3 hours for the fog to completely disappear.

Interesting fact: The Grand Manan has free public WiFi access and it covers the entire island, it is extremely convenient when you travel.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1). The challenge was to find big enough spot to set up a tripod.

I used single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in The Minimalist Guide to Lightroom Editing.

First I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and later I used ToolKit to adjust exposure mostly because the photo was a bit underexposed.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 17, 30) 
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Such beauty !!!!!!!!!!
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