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on Sep 17, 2008 in Landscape Photography

Love that Range of Light!

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The Sierra is an amazing place where light takes on a life of its own. It’s for this reason I always, always have a camera with me even if I’m just going to the post office. This is very typical, taking the dogs to their country club while we’re in WA for our San Juans DLWS event, the light danced.

That’s Mt Tom on the right, one big ass piece of granite. To take the photo, I got on top of the truck to incorporate the rabbit brush in the foreground, dialed in -2.5 stops to deal with the bright God beams and then went click. Looking at the D700’s LCD showed a black photo with one little blinkie. Perfect!

Post processing took 138seconds, I timed it. I opened the image in NX2, dropped a black point, dropped one color point on the rabbit brush and yanked out the foreground detail. Image was then opened in Photoshop and Define used to deal with the noise I created in the foreground. I then used Silver Efex Pro to convert the image to B&W. Finished using Color Efex 3.1 > Darken/Lighten Center. A real easy image to create. Here’s the before.

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Congrats to our dear friend Joe McNally for the cover of the current issue of National Geographic! He always gets the girl.

Photo captured by D700, 24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital flim