My favorite time to shoot is Sunset!
There is one thing I like better than shooting at Sunrise, and that is shooting at Sunset. You don’t have to wake up so early, and you can keep on going after sunset for that “blue hour” when light painting is the funnest. For these images, I blended several exposures into one and ran them through Photomatix for the full HDR range. I did have to mask out the foreground weeds on the vertical shot, because the colors just got a little to funky with bold orange backlight.
HDR SECRET: Follow up with masking in Photoshop after Photomatix
I took the HDR blend I made with Photomatix… into Photoshop and layered it with one of the original shots, so I could mask those weeds back in. Now it looks closer to what I saw with my eyes. You have to be careful with HDR. If things get overdone, you can mask part of one of the originals back in that area. I believe this is a vital step for many HDR shots. This was a sweet sunset. How fortunate to be along the Buffalo River that night a few weeks ago.