Last April, my wife and I spent most of a week on Sanibel Island—near Ft. Myers on the Gulf side of Florida. I came home with a large folder of images taken at all times of the day. Of course, sunsets and sunrises are the most spectacular. (Click the image above to view it quite a bit larger!)
Created a “targeted Collection” in Lightroom, then went through the folders and picked a few I thought I might use. I added them to the Collection by tapping the B key. These are a few I added to the folder initially. I added one additional copper verde texture late in the project. For a bit more info on how to make a Collection in Lightroom, check out Gears: & Lightroom Collections.
Sanibel Dreaming #2:
Later in the day, I revisited the composition. I kept getting the feeling the Heron looked a bit too much like a pterodactyl—swooping in to pick off my wife and taking her to her offspring. I did a few tweaks here and there and substituted the Brown Pelican. While I had the file cracked open, I repeated more of the washed out aqua on the left side.
There are a lot more photos from our Sanibel Trip on this page of my Best of the Tetons Blog.
I extracted the Reddish Heron (and later the Brown Pelican) and the Lighthouse before layering them into the working files. The rest of the layers were simple adjustments using layers, layer masks and blend modes. Once composited and merged, I added a few additional filters in Topaz and Nik.
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