I’ve been meaning to get out and shoot some blue hour images for a while but either I’m working or the weather is wrong. This week I finally managed to get some time to get out shooting; the weather was perfect, there were not too many people around and the river was high and flowing fast.
In fact I was so excited and engrossed in what I was doing that I forgot one tiny little thing…when shooting in low light, use the noise reduction software built into the camera…
Of course I remembered this once I’d got home and downloaded the images, resplendent as they were with hot pixels. I still felt as if the images were worth the effort it was going to take so I pushed on with processing.
The Technical bit
The image is composed of 7 RAW shots at 1EV gaps, shot at 100 ISO (without noise reduction).
Initial processing for colour correction was in Lightroom, before a quick trip into Photomatix Pro to tonemap the image. This was then exported into Photoshop where sections of some of the RAW files were masked in. Saturation was boosted a little and some glow added before selective burning of the shadow areas. Oh yes, I also ran a noise reduction pass or two before the PS adjustments and did a few hours of retouching to ensure all the hot pixels had gone. Finally applied a little clarity and sharpening to give some pop.