Updated Feb, 24th 2013
MILE ROCK BEACH
I wanted to make the crashing wave pop a bit, but still keep as much of the dark sky, as possible, so I took the following steps:
MOULAY IDRISS, MOROCCO
For this shot, I wanted the man and the donkey to be present and in focus, but to also capture the feeling of the long, endless road. Here was my process:
To be honest, I am not 100% satisfied with the outcome as I would have liked to keep some of the dark sky in the original, while keeping the bright greenery and bringing the man/donkey into focus. I thought the graduated filter might help, but I couldn't get a good handle on how it works well enough to get the result I wanted. Also, would have liked to decrease clarity on the sides only without having the whole picture blur. Is there a way to do focal clarity in Lightroom?
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this and learned a lot. I am really excited to keep practicing and looking forward to the 2nd Lightroom class. Thanks, Pei!