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By working during the golden hour, Alf Bailey has managed to capture the lovely light hitting the concrete groynes. The original photograph is a little dark and the exposure could have been increased, enhancing the sunset colours.

AlfBailey_before

Before

However, I expect Alf was trying not to lose any cloud detail, so exposed more for the sky. There was a lot of intricate texture and soft detail that needed to be emphasised here. I was able to do this by adding lots of Clarity. At the same time, increasing the Tone contrast and adding Vibrance helped boost the colour contrast.

AlfBailey_Final

After

1. Basic panel adjustments

AlfBailey_1First, I opened the raw file and adjusted the Exposure slider, increasing the brightness by 1 stop. Using the Highlights slider, I darkened the light tones to preserve the detail in the sky and lightened the groynes using a positive Shadows slider adjustment.

2. Boost the saturation

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Having done that, I fine-tuned the Whites and Blacks sliders to improve the global contrast. In the Presence section, I set the Clarity slider to +59 to bring out more texture in the groynes and also added more Vibrance, enhancing the sunset colours.

3. Darkening the sky

AlfBailey_3Lastly, I selected the Graduated Filter tool and clicked and dragged down from just above the horizon line. I darkened the Exposure slightly and set the Highlights to -47. I also increased the Whites to add more highlight contrast and applied a Clarity boost to add definition.