BRINGING OUT THE BRILLIANCE OF SUNSET AS OUR EYES SEE IT
With this image, Triston was on a short getaway with his wife at Krabi, Thailand. They decided to take a stroll along the Ao Nang beach during sunset and Triston took a picture of his wife as she took off on a short jog. Can you see her jogging in the foreground?
Normally, we would expose for the sky to preserve the highlights, leaving the foreground severely underexposed. The dynamic range of the scene is simply too great for the camera to capture in a single exposure, so Triston’s first step in Lightroom was to lower the Highlights and increase Shadow details in the Basic panel.
Next, he targeted the dark region in the tone curves panel and push the curve upwards slightly. This helps to bring out some of the details hidden in the foreground, like the silhouette of his wife and the sandy beach.
After that, he utilized one of his favorite tools in Lightroom - the Graduated Filter – to bring out more tonality in the sky, the sea and the beach. Triston added a richer blue to the sky, more orange to the sunset, and warmer tones to the beach by adjusting the exposure, contrast and the saturation, then letting the Graduated Filter apply these changes across the image.
See how the Graduated Filter overlay starts from a strong red and gradually fades off to invisible? This signifies how much it affects the selected region. And that’s how Triston edited the image to reflect what he remembers seeing.