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Breakwater
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#travel   #BVI   #Tortola  
The Saturday Evening Blog Post. This Caribbean Life: A Walk on Tortola The wind stops blowing about halfway up the ridge, and even the palm fronds have the good sense to stop moving. But not me; I am going to get to the top...
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Low clouds and sunset.
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Do you love the sea?
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Cypress Cove at Point Lobos (California)
Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/cypress-cove-at-point-lobos-california/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a relatively big place and you can easily spend couple of the days exploring distinctive sections of the park. It also has 15 different trials and each one provides unique opportunities for travel and landscape photographers.

The Cypress Grove Trail is by far my favorite one. It loops through the cypress forest along the beautiful rocky coast. I’ve already featured Cypress Grove Trail twice on my blog (Point Lobos Magic Forest and Path to the Magic Forest) and after visiting Point Lobos again in the beginning of 2015 I will definitely do it once more.

The featured photo displays the view from Cypress Grove Trail on Cypress Cove and Carmel Bay.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

The only challenge with the shooting was to find enough place to setup the tripod. The spot looks much bigger on the photograph because I used wide angle lens (10mm) and it tends to exaggerate the distances and the sizes, especially in the foreground elements. In total, I took 5 bracketed shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2).

I used standard HDR processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop
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Covehead Harbour Lighthouse (Prince Edward Island)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/covehead-harbour-lighthouse-prince-edward-island

HDR Processed: Lightroom, HDR Expose 3, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1; 0, +1; +2)

I love lighthouses. For me they symbolize fusion of pure landscapes, architecture and history which are also the essential elements of travel photography. At the same time lighthouses indicate proximity of the shore. As you may noticed the seascapes are my favorite types of landscapes and there is nothing better to improve your seascape composition then lighthouse.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in Canada but it is probably has highest concentration of the lighthouses in the whole world. The island is only 200km long and 50 km wide but it has 63 lighthouses shuttered along its shore.

The featured lighthouse is Covehead Harbour Lighthouse which located in Prince Edward Island National Park. In my top image I wanted to convey feeling of simplicity and elegance at the same time, the same way I see at PEI. I used classical composition with predominant primary colors (red, blue, green).
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A shot taken after sunrise this morning at Ella Bay, Far North Queensland, Australia.
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New York Skyline with One World Trade Center
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/new-york-skyline-with-one-world-trade-center/

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

I just returned from my latest trip to New York. It was amazing to see how One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) changed the skyline of the Manhattan.

And last week I realized that completion of One World Trade Center changed everything. The structure is enormous and it can be seen practically from every corner of the city. Many of my old experiences became obsolete but at the same time it opened new travel photography opportunities for me as a photographer.
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#Lahaina  #Maui: The evening of tropical storm Darby, now passed south of Maui and departing Hawaii. Aloha!
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Sunday morning sunrise at Orange Beach... photo from Melissa Strickland‎
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Sunset on Lake Champlain, Vermont
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Croyde Beach in North Devon
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Oh me oh my
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Where the land meets the Ocean
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#Sunset #Maui #Lahaina: the evening before TS Darby, now about 90 miles away. Looking northwest. Aloha!
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Sunrise at Hanauma Bay Rim Trail (Hawaii)
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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.

SHOOTING

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.

PROCESSING

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.
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