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Today’s post comes from Marius Igas, whose ‘Amazing Sunset’ shot was featured a few week’s ago in this post and ‘A Leap of Faith’ in this post. Marius is a wedding and portrait photographer in Romania. You can see more of his work on his website or Facebook.

final photo

The photo was the result of a spontaneous mini photo session during a wedding. As we were leaving the church where the religious ceremony took place, I looked at the sky and it was amazing. I said to them, Let’s find a street parallel to the sunset and take some photos with you and the cars.”  5 minutes later we found the street that we were looking for and started taking photos. This is the final result.

The Lighting and Raw File


raw file

The Gear

Nikon D800

Tamron 28-75 mm

Nikon SB 700

Pixel King  trigger

The Settings and Post Process

28 mm// f16 // 1/60 // ISO 200

I imported the file in Lightroom and started the post process:

  1. I took the highlight down to darken the sky and shadows and black up to bing back some details for the ground.
  2. Added a bit of contrast
  3. I added a gradient filter for the sky to make it more blue, and increased the clarity.
  4. I took the brush tool brushed the blue area from the cars and made it more orange to fit with the sunset.
  5. I increased the saturation for green and yellow.
  6. I took down the luminance for blue and aqua and increased the saturation.

Then I went into Photoshop, removed the assistant holding the flash, and  the person standing in the right, plus the dust spots. I added a mask for the car number and voila, the final result:

final photo

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