Moonlight Beach, Encinitas CA, June 14, 2014
I was sitting on damp sand, my camera mounted on the tripod, just waiting for the sun to set when these two kids wandered into my line of sight. What could I do but shoot a few shots? No, I did not get a release from their parents. Prove they’re your kids and we’ll talk! 🙂
I process everything in Lightroom 5. I love it! The image above is straight from the camera. My first steps (below) are always to bring down the highlights, open the shadows, then adjust the white and black clipping. I then straightened it (using the horizon line as a gauge) and cropped. Then I adjusted the white balance to Shade- which adds a yellow hue:
Next I added a slight magenta tint, boosted clarity, and used a graduated filter on the sky to add contrast, highlights, clarity, and adjusted the color temperature (the blue). And finally, I lowered the overall exposure and added a vignette. Hope you enjoy!
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