Wave and Lava Lanzarote

February 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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This shot was taken on the south west coast of Lanzarote where 250 years ago a large lava field flowed into the sea creating great lava cliffs where now a spectacular road runs along the top. With no interruption great waves come rolling across the Atlantic.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Tamron 28-200 wide zoom lens at 10mm. Taken at 1/3000 second.

1 raw image was taken and then 2 additional images were created in Camera Raw at 2EV separation to create a false HDR. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.


The 3 images at 2EV separation were outputted in Photomatix with fusion natural settings


The image was adjusted in Topaz vibrant preset group and vibrant preset.

I reduced brightness overall but used a layer mask to remove that from the centre and the main rock and water so that was brighter and stood out more.

Saturation reds increased to bring out the reds in the lava rock to give the impression they were stil hot.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 61 amount and 61 radius. A layer mask was used to exclude this effect from some highlights.

Crop closer to the main rock.


Below are the Before and After images. First the original. Then the tonemapped image and then the final result.

Original at 0EV

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Tonemapped image

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Final Image

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Edwin Jones


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