Rise of Borobudur | Indonesia

They say that the sunrises over Borobudur is one of the most spectacular in the world, they are right. Being in such an ancient place with such a stunning sunrise was a truly magical experience. Spending close 5 hours at Borobudur, you can say that you got the full experience of a place. In between waiting for that perfect light I took 100 photos with school children who would giggle and ask "can we have a photo?". Felt like a mini celebrity.

Once I felt I got my shot I wanted to walk around to fully experience the temple, without the distraction of the camera. Before I could I was stopped by some university students who asked for an interview to practice their English. So I spent hours sitting inside this spectacular temple, speaking and teaching English to university students. There was one point in time where we had close to 25 students surrounding us. It was a truly unique experience at a very famous temple.

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CAMERA:    Nikon D3200

LENS:    Nikkor DX 10-24mm - Shot at 14mm

TRIPOD:    [Pro]Master XC522

HARDWARE:    11' Macbook Air - Wacom Manga Tablet

SOFTWARE:    Capture One 9 - Photoshop CC 2015 - Nik Color Efex Pro 4

EXPOSURE:    ISO 100 - f/8 - 1/800th sec ( Sunrise Sky) 6:00 AM
ISO 100 - f/8 - 1/400th sec ( Foreground - Pagodas) 7:10 AM

TAKEN:    November 3, 2015

TECHNIQUE:    To blend these two exposure together it took some work.  The sky exposure had a perfectly exposed sky but a dark foreground.  The Foreground exposure was a nicely exposed for the Pagodas but the sky was too bright.  In order to blend these two exposure together there were some issues.  Because the sky was so bright on the second shot, it created a glow around the pagodas.  A glow or (halo) is a bad thing and the bane of any exposure blender.  In order to decrease the glow I had the warp the sky to blend in better with the pagodas and reduce the halo.  Once the blend was complete I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to add a boost in the contrast. Then it was brought into photoshop to increase the reds in the sky and apply a warming filter to the bottom of the photo to give it a warm glow from the sun.  

TIPS:    When shooting directly into the sun, cover the sun with your hand while taking your shot to ensure there is no lens glare.