Morning Marsh, Mackerel Sky, Drawing Water Sun

A very difficult image to expose and process. But who could resist the morning light, the pond, the sky, the reflections? One of the best parts of birding, as far as I am concerned is that it gets me out to places like this at times like this.

I am still not totally happy with the exposure on this image. I needed to catch the drawing water rays, so the foreground was way too dark. You can only do so much manipulation in software. This is a case where multiple exposures processed for HDR might have produced better results.

Still…it is what it is, and I think it catches the mood.

Sony DSC H50 at about 60mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/1000th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto. Exposure read favoring the sky by tipping the camera up and locking exposure.

Heavy Recovery and Fill Light in Lightroom. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Cape May 10/09.

Okay…had some time this am so I opened LightZone (for the first time in months) just to see what I could do with this difficult image with the tools there. This is maybe a bit over the top…processed for maximum drama. But it certainly is an alternative view.


As above: but with drama! LightZone treatment.




2 Responses to “11/2/2009”

  1. 11/02/2009 at 8:44 am

    I actually prefer the first image. The LightZone treatment doesn’t look as realistic. I think the saturation is a bit high and there’s some halo on the foreground right corner. Beautiful scene though. Nice work.

  2. 11/02/2009 at 12:56 pm

    Very nice as usual. Joe

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