I decided to take a little drive down to the Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier this morning, about an hour south from Palm Beach Gardens. I didn’t want to drive that far but I was tired of shooting the same locations for sunrise. I really needed to add some more diversity to my blog so off I went.
When I got to the Deerfield Beach Pier there was a major overcast with a storm heading this way. Storms are usually a good sign. I might get lucky with a cool dramatic background. Unfortunately that didn’t happen before sunrise. That led to a gloomy first shoot. After 10 minutes of blandness, I decided to move south where I saw some large beach rocks.
To my disappointment, the large rocks ended being man made ocean barriers. But I got lucky because now the storm was pretty much overhead so I manage to get a cool panoramic beach scene.
Seeing as how the storm was heading up to the Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier, I decided to go back. When I got back I was able to find a good composition with the storm in the background. That’s the first HDR photo that you see posted above. The other pier photo was me trying to make something out of nothing at the beginning.
One thing I found about piers is that they are very photogenic, especially when it comes to HDR. You’re almost guaranteed to come home with some decent ;-)
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Software Used for Processing Photo:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz Clean – Photoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz Simplify – Photoshop plugin used for artistic affect.
Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier, Florida