CREATING A HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR) PHOTO
To capture the scene you see before you, Triston said he waited for 1.5 hours; staying near an Italian café just so he wouldn’t miss the timing for his shot. His camera was mounted on a sturdy tripod and he used a 10X Neutral Density filter to take a long exposure, giving that dreamy feel of the water.
In total, he shot about seven different exposures, with one stop difference in each exposure. He finally used only three – with priority given to the sky, the water and the beach in the foreground. With these three exposures selected in Lightroom, Triston right-clicked to get the Photo Merge menu, and selected HDR.
Next, he applied the Graduated Filter Tool to bring out the shadow detail of the pebbles on the beach. Note that he aligned this filter according to the angle of the beach, and also used the same tool to bring up the saturation of the sky and the sunset. Triston then adjusted the overall tonality of the photo with some minor adjustments to contrast and clarity. Finally, he lifted the exposure of the huge rocks in the foreground just a little via the Adjustment Brush Tool.