I like this photo as I have taken several shots trying to capture the waves hitting the rock or retreating back and I have captured this one. I have taken a first shot metering the sky , and then I have set the exposure (but not changing the view) for the foreground to get the details and blended them in Photoshop.
Here comes a question in mind , should I edit? over edit? what's the rule in this one? What's my limit? I will answer it from my own personal perspective and please don't kill me because of it. And it's just a matter of opinions and no right or wrong about it.
I see photography to be not only a tool to document a scene, it's a way to convey a feeling or your own view of what you see or sometimes feel. I do love editing my shots , especially when I end up with a dull shot, so I tend to give it a kick of light and balance the light to get a more attractive photo that might not show the place 100% as it is, but give it more of a feeling and add make it more vibrant.
I always tell my students "Editing a photo is like cooking a meal, it's always good to spice it up, but beware that adding a lot of it makes less of a good meal". Edit, but be careful about it, edit and watch out for the artifacts and your edit should always add to the beauty of the photo rather than take some of its beauty.
After all, Photography to me is a for of art and something that I personally enjoy doing, if I start making rules then it wouldn't be as much fun as it's now to me.
How did I do the photo above?
- Went to the location and composed my scene, and I attached full-ND filter to get slow shutter.
- I first took a photo where I got the details of the mountains and sky clear.
- I took a second shot where I got details of the foreground (waves and rock) and kept shooting the waves until I am satisfied with one of them.
- In Photoshop I blended the two images using mask.
- Added more colors and adjusted the temperature to be more in the warm side (since it's sunset and the actual scene was warm)
- Made few selective color saturation retouches.
- Selective dodge and burn in the waves to add more contrast to it.