Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 01/11/2012

Photo taken on January  9, 2012


Puerto del Carmen
Sony A700
Canary Islands
morning light
wide angle
sigma wide angle

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Dawn Pools Lanzarote HDR

Dawn Pools Lanzarote HDR
The Shot

This was taken on the Playa Grande beach Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote at low tide. This week in Lanzarote there has been a lot of scattered thin clouds making for some good sunrises and sunsets. With the beach just 10 minutes walk away, a late sunrise of 07.50 and warm temperatures it gives a good incentive to get out and take photos.

The picture was taken on a Tripod with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.


Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.


General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance with layer masks to exclude the Sun.

Vibrance layer increase 47 points

Hue Saturation layer saturation increased in reds and yellows to improve the sunrise colours.

A note that as per my usual workflow before applying Topaz and sharpening I flattened all layers. Then a duplicate layer to apply Noiseware and initial sharpening and another duplicate layer on top for Topaz when used or extra Unsharp mask so a layer mask can be used to exclude areas if necessary. Some filters and tools do not work with a lot of adjustment layers.

First duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening

Second duplicate layer for topaz adjust, HDR presets, dynamic pop 2 with some adjustments and addition of a light vignette.

Slight straightening of the horizon was needed. As there was nothing round the edges to worry about when cropping I used the semi auto method in Photoshop. Ruler tool used to draw a line along the horizon and then clicked straighten in the top options.


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