Archive for September 13th, 2010


9/13/2010: Marsh Mirror Sky

Taken on Labor Day, when all the parking anywhere near the beach was full of tourists. I wanted this sky, so I hiked out on the Kennebunk Bridle Path, through the marsh along the Mousam River near its mouth. The wind was blowing so hard I had trouble holding myself still, let alone the camera, but I still tried a series of HDRs. A tripod would certainly have helped.

Even though the horizon here is placed in the middle of the image, where I try to avoid putting it, I think it still works because of the power of the sky, and the reflections in the pools. Then too you have the strong leading line of the receding pools and the solid anchors of the posts in the foreground. I particularly like the open shadow at the left along the ridge between the pools and the play of light on the trees. All together there is a lot going on here. Printed large and hung, it would be, I think, one of those images that would catch the eye every time you glanced at it, and that would reward repeated study. I think.

Canon SX20IS. Three exposures using the auto bracket feature on the Canon SX20IS, adjusted to place the dark exposure 1 and 2/3rds EV below center. Assembled in Photomatix Light, using the tone-mapped mode. Final adjustments (Blackpoint, Clarity, Vibrance, and Sharpen) in Lightroom.