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on Oct 27, 2011 in Landscape Photography

I Can Shoot This Kind of Water All Day Long!

Over a matter of 18min, the sunrise blossomed and lots of pixels died! Our Tuesday morning shoot last week was in the gorgeous little town of Westport, NY and the photo gods were smiling on us. The clouds to the north were killer and the water, the perfect mirror. But how to make the photograph? First was placement of the tripod. There were actually many options, I went with this on the gamble the clouds would end up as you see them, making a great shaped especially when reflected in the water. Now there are two elements you can’t see that I saw in the viewfinder. There was a green lawn on the left and part of the dock structure in the bottom right corner. As you can see, they have both been dealt with in post. Next was the range of light, about 8 stops. The only way I know of dealing with that really easily is HDR, these are five image HDR images. But then there is that magic ingredient I tend to use in about every photograph I take. Time! yeap, I had faith looking at the wind and clouds that if I hung in this one spot, I would a set of images I really like. And water like this that is just a mirror, I can shoot all day and never get bored!

Photos captured by D3x, 14-24AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film