52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 5 Sunset/Sunrise

Sunset, for the 52 week challenge at The Girl That Dreams Awake

The other evening, I looked up at the sky and saw this wonderful sunset, some of the clouds were shading the sun and creating this amazing effect. I was taking them from my son’s room (its got the best view!) and so couldn’t resist experimenting with his Playmobil pirate ship sailing off into the sunset!

If you want to join in or just see more sunsets and sunrises, then hop over to The Girl’s site (link above) she’ll be awake and dreaming!

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After Before Friday: Week 45

The After Before Friday Forum is hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing, it features a weekly behind the scenes look at various editing processes. Featuring a gathering of photographers all keen to learn from each other, each week we post an image before and after  editing.

If you want to find out more, or just visit and look at the images, click on this link.

My photo this week is from a recent trip to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England. It is an amazing place, with rugged cliffs holding a treasure trove of fossils from millions of years ago. We were so close to the sea that in the evening, just as the sun was going down, I was able to steal out for half an hour and wander along the seafront with my camera.

Sea puddles at sunset-before

I was drawn to the lines and the light on the water in this image, but it felt a bit flat, the foreground was underexposed and the blue from the sky reflecting in the puddle made it too cold.

I used Lightroom’s graduated filter to increase the exposure in the foreground and bring out more detail of the ripples in the water. Setting the centre point of the filter about one third up the frame, I increased the exposure by about 2 stops until there was a more even tone. Then by playing with the white balance, I increased the temperature to about 5.7k to warm up the image and give it more of an evening sunshine look. Then a little cropping, a quick spot removal of a distracting reflection on the water and applying a slight post crop vignette brought me to my final image.

Sea puddles at sunset-after

Comments and feedback are welcome.

Please have a look at the other AfterBefore images on Visual Venturing