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Long Exposure Beach Sunrise

Lesson 9 from: Landscape Photo Editing with Adobe Lightroom Classic

Philip Ebiner

Long Exposure Beach Sunrise

Lesson 9 from: Landscape Photo Editing with Adobe Lightroom Classic

Philip Ebiner

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9. Long Exposure Beach Sunrise

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Long Exposure Beach Sunrise

Welcome to this new landscape photo edit in this one. We're going to be editing this long exposure that I shot in Kailua Hawaii. I got up early one morning while my wife and twin sons who at the time were a little less than a year old were still sleeping and was able to sneak out for some of these photos. Just a quick tip too. If you are actually shooting landscape photos or sunrise photos, I would definitely recommend getting there before sunrise. Uh We talked about golden hour and for sunrise, uh it's the most beautiful skies typically happen before the sun actually rises above the horizon. The colors were incredible. They had this beautiful magenta and on the right hand side, it's a little bit of that enhanced look, but it really did look this magical in the morning. Um Because of the long exposure on the left hand side, it's the colors are a little bit dulled down. But really what we saw was something more along the lines of the right hand side, which I enhanced through, through ed...

iting and same goes for sunset, stay after sunset. Uh because you'll get those deeper colors in the sky. So let's go ahead and start editing this photo. So the first thing you notice what I did was did a vertical crop similar to what you saw in my photo edit for the desert landscape. The sort of the best part of this photo was this leading line of these rocks going towards the horizon. And when I shot it, I thought I really liked this composition. But when I went in and I actually edited the photo, I ended up cropping it like this. Now I cropped in and then I actually cropped in quite a bit because I wanted that top horizon line to be on this third. And I wanted to be a little bit more cropped in because I think this part right here, this little pool of water that's on these rocks was really the most interesting aspect of this photo for me. And then you got again, like these like this leading line of rocks, it sort of zigzags into the distance to this hill where the sun was just peaking about to peak over a lot can be done just simply with exposure in this photo. Part of the magenta that I got with this shot was due to just the long exposure. The ND filter that I was using. Sometimes you get a little bit of magenta or color from those lenses when you do a long exposure that you wouldn't have gotten just with a typical exposure Uh Let me see what this actual exposure was, which we can see in our metadata. It was eight seconds. So it was not too long but long enough. And really, I was going for that long exposure to get that those magical sort of waves that were crashing over these rocks. But now it's that blurred long exposure look. All right. So as I mentioned, just playing with things like the highlights, bringing down the highlights, bringing up the shadows to bring some of that detail back in these rocks, maybe bring down the blacks just to create more of that contrast. And then the whites, I think I'm gonna leave the whites about where they were actually just doing that brings back some of that detail that we lost in the sky and in the darkness of the rocks. Another thing I liked doing to this photo was boost my clarity because I like getting that sort of detail on the rocks down here, especially you can see if I take away this clarity and boost it. You get contrast the edges, the edges of things look pretty good. Now, in terms of D Hayes, this would bring a lot of information uh detail back. But I don't want that to happen to the entire photo because the bottom half looks pretty wonky if I do that. So I'm just going to add some de haze in a graduated filter in a second in terms of the color with the vibrant saturation. I'm also going to play a lot with this overall though. I think I'm just going to boost the temperature just a little bit. I could also take this eyedropper and try to get a pure white from the ocean. But when I do that, it starts to look a little bit too desaturated and not really what I'm going for. So I am going to actually boost my saturation just a little bit overall with vibrance and saturation. I'm also going to boost that in terms in terms of the color temperature, I didn't mean boost saturation. I just meant boost the warmth. All right. So that's a good starting point for us. Next, I'm going to skip all the way down to our detail. Now, I did get a lot of grain from this photo because it is a long exposure and it was pretty dark out. So my ISO was a little bit higher, I believe. And so getting rid of some of that noise with noise reduction is going to be good. But of course, that goes against what I was doing with sharpening with the clarity. But I think actually this time it looks pretty good because it kind of makes the rocks look a little glossy but smooth, but we still get that detail that we got from the the clarity in terms of sharpening. I think we are actually pretty good with sharpness, everything's good there. All right. So now I'm gonna scroll back up next. What I wanna do is really play with the color. So there's a few things I wanna do. I wanna play with the color of the sky. I wanna play with the color of the water and I wanna play with the color of the rocks. So first things first, let's play with the sky with the graduated filter set to the sky like so oh on the keyboard to see what my selection is with the range mask for luminance. We're going to select mostly the sky. Not as much this, this hill in the foreground. We're going to add some D Hayes, get some of that detail back in the sky like. So I think I went a little bit too far with my overall warmth down here. So I'm just gonna Bruce that just a little bit but not too much. So now with the haze on this filter that's looking pretty good, might bring down my whites. No, not my whites, my highlights just a little bit more even. It's pretty good. If I wanna increase the magenta, the red enhance that I can do that. If you want, you might even want to go the opposite and make your sky a little bit bluer. But I think for me, I'm going to make it even warmer blend this in pretty good, something like that's looking pretty good. It might be a little bit too much. So I might actually in here drop the saturation just a little bit. So it's not overpowering. So that's looking pretty good. I'm gonna click new and I'm going to create a selection of the bottom half or the bottom and beneath the horizon. This time, I'm going to create a color mask and I'm going to pick the ocean over here. Now, that's selecting most of the ocean, which looks pretty good to me. Now, this time, I wanna make the water blue a little bit blue because it was actually more blue when I was there. So I can take my temperature slider, drag it to the left. That could help. I could also go into my color and starting with this blue on the right by clicking there that adds a lot of blue, but I might just decrease the saturation with this slider and that's looking pretty good somewhere in the middle like that. And then of course, you can play with sort of the hue or the type of blue by dragging the square to the left or to the right. But I'm going to, I wanna leave that right there in the original blue that we selected. So that's looking pretty good. So the colors here are a little bit different than my original edit, but I'm actually really liking them. So now I'm gonna go back to my basic slider. My basic adjustments go down to HSL here. I can try to enhance or de enhance colors. I don't even know if that's a word enhance colors or kind of mute them down. And so under saturation, if I take my color picker go into the water and I try to bring that up, that's selecting mostly the blue, you get a little bit of blue added. If I want to play around with the color of or the saturation of the rocks, I can go in here and decrease those. I see that it's selecting a lot of orange. I mean, these rocks are naturally uh pretty desaturated, they're black or brown. And so trying to get those to look natural is important. So that's looking pretty good to me in terms of overall colors. And now I'm just gonna go up to the tone curve. See if adding boosting saturation just a little bit can help just going to some specific parts of this curve. This time, I'm doing a little bump a little hill in the middle. So boosting some of the exposure in the mids but not so much in the highlights and the whites because I want the sky to still have that detail and I think I lost a little bit of that detail. So I'm gonna go back to my graduated filters, make sure I'm selecting the one for the sky. There we are. And let's try increasing the de haze just a little bit, bring down our highlights just a little bit more and that brings back some of that, that pop. Now with this edit, I have a little bit more of some natural colors because my overall tint was adjusted to negative 15. The original was this plus nine. This was a little bit closer to what I shot. I am going to kind of split the difference. Put this right in the middle to get. I want a little bit of that magenta back in there and something like this is looking uh to me pretty good. So with this photo edit, it was a lot playing with colors specific to different areas of the frame. A big change was the overall crop which is a complete change from the wide uh landscape to portrait crop, playing with clarity and detail to get uh the the rocks to, to really pop and glisten. Uh everything's pretty sharp, added a bit of clarity but also added some noise reduction to smooth out that noise so that it looks a little bit softer and and better anyways in terms of the noise uh but still looking pretty crispy. So I'm happy with this edit. Uh I'm really happy with this photo that I shot. Um I hope you, you like it too. And if you are editing the photo, I hope to, to see your edits as well to see what you do with this one because I think there's a lot of different ways to take this photo in terms of style. Thank you so much. For watching and we'll see you in another lesson.

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