This was the sunset in Seattle last week, taken from the top of a houseboat here on Lake Union, a small body of water just to the north of downtown. It was the first such sunset I’ve seen in a while. It was refreshing to see a clear sky above even though it was very, very cold outside. I had my X100 in hand, set up for a panorama. In one sweeping motion of left to right, the panorama was created from several photos, as I panned, and the output is what you see here. All in-camera. This little camera never ceases to amaze me with what it can do.
The one thing this image didn’t have was that beautiful pink hue of blue hour. So, off to Perfect Effects from onOne software I went. Below you can see the original image captured straight out of camera, combined with the final version that I posted above. Drag the slider left and right to see the changes I made in post-processing.
I added the colour to the sky, saturated the reflection of the setting sun on the lake, and pulled out some detail in the shadow and highlights. All selectively applied as different effects stacked on top of one another from within Perfect Effects. This is one component of their full software suite which has found a happy home amongst other plugins in my post-processing workflow.
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