“Temple Overlook” was made in South Korea while Andy Lay, CPP, was visiting friends. Boriam is a historic temple carved into cliffs overlooking the Sea of Japan. “The primary challenge was to find a view of the ornate buildings that included the surrounding environmental elements without many tourists in the scene,” Lay says. “Thanks to my supportive wife, we located a good spot with tourists far in the background and only one temple worker in the frame.” He took one handheld shot of the view, auto-bracketed with five exposures spaced 0.7 stops apart. Andy Lay Photography is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and specializes in travel landscape, cityscape, aircraft, and drone photography.
CAMERA & LENS: Sony a7R III, Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens
EXPOSURE: Taken in auto exposure bracketing at 1/160, 1/250, 1/400, 1/640, and 1/1,000 second at f/8, ISO 200
LIGHTING: Available light
POST-CAPTURE: In Adobe Lightroom, Lay imported and converted the image to DNG format. He performed HDR processing in Photomatix Pro 6.1. He adjusted global color, exposure, and sharpening in Lightroom. In Adobe Photoshop CC, he cloned out a temple worker from the middle of the scene, brightened some lens vignetting, added vibrance and saturation to the sky, and removed a lens flare spot and halos around the buildings.