Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fishing in Maui


Fishing in Maui



We were not alone in our waiting for the sunset on this beautiful beach in Maui, after a long winding drive from Hana: two fishermen were going around their business pretty much ignoring our camera and the beautiful sunset behind them. Standing on the beach behind the tripod, it felt like we were literally transformed inside a magnificent painting: this is precisely what we aimed to recreate in post-processing, by blending two exposures (one for the sky and one for the foreground) and shifting the colors towards more saturated primaries, away from the more natural tones of the original scene. The rocks in the foreground direct the eye towards the two fishermen still minding their own business.

The highly irregular horizon on the left and the fisherman right across the horizon, where we wanted to keep good shadow detail,  prevented us from using a standard graduated filter to bring the sky exposure back in check, calling for manual luminosity blending workflow back at home. We finished up the blending mask manually to highlight the contour of the hawaiian and his fishnet. 

Sony A900, 24mm @f/11, 0.8s, +2/3EV