Early Light: Highpoint

During the chase of Team Zeiss for the World Series of Birding we made stops in some of the most beautiful country in New Jersey, and, though I was focused on documenting the Team’s efforts for the day, I was not totally insensitive to the beauty…and since I was not actually competing, I could turn my camera away from the team for a quick landscape, or even a flower shot, or two.

This is somewhere in the Highpoint/Stokes area in the far north-west of the state. The sun was just glancing across the landscape from the horizon. It does not get better than this.

It was a very demanding exposure problem. I tipped the camera up to meter more of the sky and locked exposure. That left the foreground too dark, but I was able to recover the detail in Lightroom. This image will repay viewing as large as you monitor will take it.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/200th @ ISO 80. Landscape program.

In Lightroom, Recovery for the sky. Heavy Fill Light for the foreground. Blackpoint well right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset.

From World Series of Birding 2010.

3 Responses to “5/19/2010”

  1. 1 Wendy Hollands
    05/19/2010 at 11:15 am

    wow that is so beautiful, love the greens!!

  2. 05/19/2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wow! This is a most stunning image. Beautiful capture

  3. 05/20/2010 at 2:42 pm

    Lovely greens. You right that this is a real challenge for exposure. Could you take two shots and blend them to help deal with this?

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