Receding Waves at Beach – Phuket, Thailand

May 4, 2011 | Travel & Culture

Here’s a really cool single exposure HDR shot from Phuket, Thailand, taken two years ago. I was looking through some old photos and thought this would turn out great in HDR, especially the way the water was receding back into the ocean.

I was quite impressed on how much detail I was able to bring out in the dark areas of the island. For just a single exposure, Photomatix sure did a great job with bringing out the color and detail. I posted the original exposure and the tone mapped HDR image so you can see why I was so impressed.

The final image was processed in Photoshop using my Captain Kimo Photoshop action. Then I adjusted the tones a little using Curves to get the colors you see in the finished photo.

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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 CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark1
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Phuket, Thailand