Sunrise at Hanauma Bay Rim Trail (Hawaii)Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/sunrise-at-hanauma-bay-rim-trail-hawaii/
I took this photo while visiting Hawaii for the first time. The highlight of the trip was early morning hike along the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail on O’ahu Island.
It was a beautiful and warm morning but when I reached the top of the crater the wind became extremely strong and gusty. I had to hold my tripod with the both hands to minimize the camera shakes and to prevent it from flying away.
The light of the scene was very dynamic with the bright sun and the dark shadows. I knew from the beginning that in order for me to pull this shot I had to shoot for HDR. I took 3 bracketed shots with 2EV intervals (-2, 0, +2) plus I used exposure compensation -1EV so the actual exposure values of the shots were -3, -1, +1.
I keep experimenting with my editing workflow trying to streamline it and make it more efficient.
For today’s shot, I decided to stay away from pure Natural Look. I wanted to try something more creative and maybe even edgy.
First, I merged 3 bracketed shots for HDR using new Lightroom Merge tool. I outlined this technique in my latest tutorial “Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom”.
After I produced HDR image I used a Lightroom preset based editing.
I started applying different presets from my Landscape Collection to HDR image. I selected the following looks that I liked the best: Brocken Clouds, Skyshine, Clock Tower and Tropical Morning.
After I played with ToolKit adjustments and compared 4 version again, the obvious winner was Broken Clouds look.