Another from the dawn hike up Heron Pike in the Lakes. The light glinting off the ice on the foreground rock was an excellent foreground to have. Whether I pulled off the composition I am not so sure....
Firstly. Excellent. I have read the other comments concerning the sun/haze/halo and I have to say that for me it works simply because it is unusual. Secondly, I think the processing is increadible (and the capture, can't believe it's a stitch as well as all the blending you have done) I have read all your descriptions in the various comments and even still I would really struggle with this and probably have to give up at the processing stage. Well done, really, really good.
Thanks Jake. I'm probably going to do some serious video tutorials at some point in the next year because I suspect that the processing would be beyond most poeple simply becuase it takes a long time to work out how to do it and then quite a while for every photo where I am shooting into the sun.
mmm, well I think most of the time comes in trying to get it to look realistic, there's a fine line between going to far and just far enough! There's a collaborative project on the horizon with two top young photogrpahers which should be exciting!
Alex, I think I can sense the atmosphere, the light on the iced rock is excellent, the lake in the background is perfect. But at the end the imaghe itself as a photograph is not nice, I think the sun halo is perhaps too big and glaring. The composition itself relies on it to balance the left part of the image.
Same comments as Steve I guess. I saw the thumb and thought "Fucking hell!" It reminded me of Adam Salwanowicz's shot of the Old Man of Storr in the snow.
Full size and the flare does bother me a little....I'm not sure what you could have done about it reading your description of the bracketing you did. Maybe cheating a little and waiting for the sun to go behind one of the clouds to shoot that part of the image (although I guess it wouldn't look natural to have a hidden sun but beautifully lit foreground). Still, it IS as wonderful image, the foreground and the icy rock are fantastic.
Really beautiful Alex. I personally really like the composition with the light against the right foreground rock, and grass, and the sun to the left of the shot. Some nice colours in those clouds as well. Only nit I can say is with the glow of the sun, it's a bit much over the land. I have to ask, do you auto bracket your exposure by 2 stops all the time, and then blend them from there in the pp? Also, in the pp stage, do you tend to always brush out the areas you don't want, rather than using gradients yeah?
I auto braketted 3 exposures, one at -2.0EV one at -0.5EV and one at +1EV. I did that for 3 horizontal frames (so 9 shots in all) I then made 3 differently exposused panoramas and finally blended them using layer masks in CS4. For most shots I use a combination of gradients and painting
Thanks for the info Alex. Only part I'm unfamilar with there is how you mentioned your AEB settings. I always thought it was fixed so that when you moved the arrow along to -2.0EV, the other exposures were then moved along as well being set to 0EV, and +2.0EV. How do you determine how much bracketting you need to do with a shot? I have got myself some GND's so I've been trying to get used to using them when I need to, seeing as it saves so much time in the pp.
OK so 0EV is what the camera would take on Auto. In P/Av/Tv modes you can adjust the exposure to -1ev or whatever you want. You can set the braketting in 2,1.5,1 or 1/2 EV increments. You can then alter the 0 offset so that you have -2, -0.5, +1.
I know how much bracketting I need largely from experience. A 4 stop range will be very difficult to blend and make natural. A 2 stop range only really requires 2 exposures or even 1