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Roches Point #1

Cork Bay from Roches Point at night, County Cork, Ireland

The story behind this image

One of just many dramatic coastline locations in the southwest of Ireland, this is a view of Cork Bay, as seen from Roches Point on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

I'd just finished shooting the stills for my Roches Point Time Lapse video, but I couldn't tear myself away from this wonderful night time view without recording the glow of Cork's lights, underlightihng the clouds over the bay with an vivid orange hue.

However, the dynamic range of the scene was far too great for my camera's sensor to record, with a dark foreground contrasting with the brightly lit horizon.

HDR to the rescue then, with five frames captured, each 1 stop of exposure setting apart, for later combining in Adobe Lightroom, followed by tweaking in Photoshop, to give this balanced composite image.

A great start to the week that my wife Liz and I spent exploring this wonderful and wild coastline.

Image data

Filename - roches point 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 75mm

Exposure - Various @ f4, ISO1600

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.

Location - Roches Point, County Cork, Ireland

This image - 800x350px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - High dynamic range image made by merging multiple exposures