Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ha Long Bay view

This is a wider view of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Hanoi. The Bay has a total of about 2000 islets, 775 of which are located at the core of the bay. Shots like this are always tricky -- the difference between the brightness of the sky and the sea is usually too great for a DSLR to capture all of it. What happens is that if you properly expose for the the land and the sea, the sky tends to overexpose. There is a fix for this in most photo editors like GIMP and Photoshop -- make a layer with an exact copy of the image then choose "Multiply" in the layer properties -- the result is that the layer will be used to darken the image somewhat. To lighten the areas you don't want to be darker, just use a soft-edged Erase tool and carefully erase the areas you don't want to be dark. You can also adjust the layer opacity to adjust how dark the areas not erased are. Nikon D7000, AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f/4

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