I’m so excited about our new HDR Efex Pro 2 that I had to use it for my Filter Friday image this week, along with Color Efex Pro 4 to create this long exposure image of sunset at the beach.
I started with a 3 exposure image series, shot at sunset with a 10 stop Neutral Density filter to allow me to capture longer exposures and give a soft, serene look to the ocean which was really quite choppy that evening.
Here are the original exposures:
I brought these exposures into HDR Efex Pro 2, and utilized the new tone mapping controls to create an HDR image that I was happy with. Here is the image in HDR Efex Pro 2′s interface:
After merging the images in HDR Efex Pro 4, I brought my new HDR file into Color Efex Pro 4 for a few small finishing touches. I added Glamour Glow to enhance the softness of the water, Brilliance and Warmth to bump up the saturation just a bit more, and Darken/Lighten Center to focus the viewers eye in the image.
The long exposures combined with the 10 stop Neutral Density filter created an interesting pattern of light refraction and flare. I chose to enhance this in my image with Color Efex Pro 4, as it added an interesting, ethereal element to my image. Here is the final image:
Share an image on Google+ and tell us what filters you used, either a digital or glass filter or both, and tag your image #filterfriday curated by +Laurie Rubin. We’d love to see how filters have helped to enhance your images!
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