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Registered: February 2009
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And I never get enough of these sunrises.

Bumped white balance up to warm the foreground and it added some highlights to the sky. Used the ND grad tool to lighten the foreground and increase its contrast. Cropped to square. Cloned out the headlights of a truck on the beach using the smart healing brush in Elements.
· Date: Tue April 26, 2011 · Views: 478 ·
Keywords: Dune afire
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United States of America
Processing Software Applications Used
Lightroom and PS Elements

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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,729
Tue April 26, 2011 3:48am

The vivid reds in the sky create the sensation of the whole setting (sea and all) being afire. The contrast between the more darkened nature of the foreground sand dunes and grasses and the vivid hues of the distant morning sky serves to bring a sense of depth to the picture.


Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Tue April 26, 2011 12:10pm

Wonderful sun going dow in a blaze of glory. In my eyes, and this is not a criticism just my preference, you have lightened the foreground a little too much, for although it is good to see some detail this looks a little unreal to me.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Tue April 26, 2011 3:21pm

Masterful post processing but then you had a brilliant capture to begin with. Pure delight for the eyes.

Registered: October 2010
Posts: 92
Tue April 26, 2011 9:15pm

Beautiful colors, the grass add nicely to the scene.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Tue April 26, 2011 9:42pm

I have to say, I think you've way over-saturated reds and yellows in this one Steve. So much so that the sunset has bled over the grasses.
I think the foreground lightened foreground Gillie refers to is more noticeable because there is a darker area between the foreground and the sunset.

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 1
Wed April 27, 2011 2:11pm

Well done Steve, the title is perfect.
Love the fiery colors and comp devoted to this beautiful sky Smile

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