This photo was taken shortly after sunrise on Muizenberg (Cape Town, South Africa) beach on boxing day last year. The camera was tripod mounted and a polariser was used to reduce the glare of the brightly painted huts. Some minor adjustments to contrast, clarity and vibrance and a crop were applied in camera raw. The image was also sharpened in camera raw.
The huts were taken without the birds in the sky. I realised that there would be a of empty blue space in the image and I needed to find something to add interest to the sky. There were no clouds about which I could have captured and cloned into the blue space so I had to to think of another alternative. I was fortunate that a flock of Sacred Ibis flew past in perfect formation to to fit into the wedge of sky. They were captured separately to the huts with the lens on full zoom at 105mm. The birds were then resized to fit the image before being cloned into it.
Please note that I keep the time on my camera set Universal Time (GMT) all the time. This shot was not taken at 04:11 (as per the EXIF data) but at 06:11.
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Landscape and travel