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My photo travelogue of Dominican Republic is almost finished. All I have left to post is a couple of photos shot during this morning. I posted before this same sunrise, which shows the other (West/right) end of this part of the beach. The silhouette that looks like a pyramid is the roof of an open-air restaurant over the sea that appears also in this post of mine and in this one of Emile.

Location (latitude, longitude): 18.44775,-69.6048

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Update 18-Jan-2008: After reading some critiques referring the colours and exposure, I thought that it was better to explain that this image is a result of blending 3 images produced with different exposure compensations of the original RAW image, a process that sometimes is called (wrongly according some authors) HDR or HDRI. The intention was getting some more detail in the shadows and less overexposure on the highlights while not hurting too much the 'perceived' contrast. That is done using layer (opacity masks) in a way that the darker parts of the final image comes mainly from the lighter version and the lighter parts from the darker version. In my first tries I used only two images, but then I discovered that using also a 'normally' exposed image (in this case, the direct conversion from RAW, without any exposure compensation) makes the process easier and generally produces better results.

I guess that the final result doesn't differ that much from what could be achieved by using some careful selective level adjustments using only one shot, but once we dominate the technique of using layers, we achieve better results with less effort when we use different images. For even better results, specially when the differences of light is very big, we can use 3 different shots, but if the scene has any moving object (it can be simply anything agitated by a breeze), the blending can get very tricky.

Only now I see now that perhaps I could have done better in the shadows.

Maybe I have overdone the saturation and abused on the red, but considering that the originals of my Olympus often tend to be slightly pale, I guess I didn't disrespect the realism that much.

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