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on Aug 31, 2010 in Landscape Photography

The Highnoon Challenge

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There are times when despite your best efforts, you find yourself in an interesting place in the worst light. Highnoon! Ever been in that position, I sure have and was again the other day. What do you do?

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I tend to work with the contrast and underexpose to make more of this abundant element. That means you have to think of black as a design element so with these massive mesas in Monument Valley, you use the black to speak of the natural design of the rock. The underexposure also pumps the blue sky and red in the rock. So then it’s just back to the basics of arranging the elements and going click. So, highnoon isn’t that bad once you think through the problem and come up with a solution. And those folks joining us shortly on the NAPP Safari at PSW, you might need this thought process for the first moments of our safari.

Photos captured by D3x, 18AF, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film