The Good News was that I didn't screw up the tides this time and there was plenty of the reef exposed.
The Bad News was that the sunrise was pretty boring. Not a cloud in the sky! One of these days I have to get a half decent sky when I am down at Long Reef.... However it continues to elude me thus far.
I took a few photos that still came out OK. This photo was taken with my D200 and Tokina 12-24mm lens @ 12mm and f11. I created an HDR composite from 7 frames that ranged from 1/2sec up to 1/125sec.
Regarding my workflow, for this print I did the following.
- Create HDR Composite and Tone Map in Photomatix
- Save as 16bit TIFF
- Open TIFF image in Photoshop CS2
- Apply RAW Presharpening @ 50% (using Nik Sharpener 2.0)
- Apply Velvia settings through Alien Skin Exposure (@ about 70% opacity)
- Apply local contrast Enhancement through Unsharp Mask (50%, 1pixel, 0 threshold)
- Brighten cliff shadows a bit with some selective curves
- Apply vignette using levels and masks
- Duplicate to new image and flatten
- Re-size to about 1200pixels wide for Flickr
- Prepare for web (convert to sRGB profile, 8 bit image)
- Apply output sharpening via Nik Sharpener (Display sharpening @ 27%)
- Save as JPEG
Got a couple of other similar looking images. Here's one more.
Lets hope that tomorrow the sky is a bit more interesting. I think I might venture down to Narrabeen Lake tomorrow and try my luck with some lake shots.