Last Sunday’s sunrise over Table Rock Lake in the Missouri Ozarks.
Another day has begun as the sun rises above the Atlantic as viewed from near the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine. HDR strikes again! I suspect trying to achieve this “old school” with neutral density grad filters or darkroom voodoo would have been quite a bit more difficult. I am quite fond of this crop. It occurs to me that if I were the devious sort and had a lot of time on my hands, this could become a nice moon over the water type shot. Is replacing the sun with the moon against the photo rulebook? Will the photo purists come visit in their black helicopters? I’m probably already on their watch list. I doubt I have the skills necessary to pull of a celestial object swap convincingly anyhow. Let’s just forget I mentioned it.
Another Portland Head Light HDR. This time with most of the color drained out of it. That’s the technical terminology for it. (OK, it was desaturated in Lightroom to achieve this result.) Not sure if I like this approach or not, I think it is growing on me.
Although I can’t truthfully say the Portland Head Light is as exciting to photograph as the Bass Harbor Light, pretty much any real lighthouse on the Maine coast is more exciting than most of the shooting around home territory. Perhaps this is due to the distinct lack of lighthouses here in Kansas. I’ve been revisiting a few old images from New England, now that I know (or at least have deluded myself into thinking I know) more about HDR processing etc. This is a good example of what HDR can accomplish, unless dramatically overexposed in the sky, the lighthouse is seen in silhouette by the camera. Blending in one of those frames exposed for the lighthouse and foreground, we get the result above.
As I recall, this was taken standing on a picnic table in order to get just that little extra bit of height needed. The sky in this particular sunrise was not spectacular, but that’s just bad luck. I would have kept going back for that special sky, if time had allowed. This is a three exposure HDR, again processed in Photomatix and finished off with a few Lightroom tweaks. I would love to go back to Maine, I really enjoyed it.
In the ‘ I’m too lazy to move 10 feet from my back door’ department, I now offer a dawn from this morning which was much more on the red/pink side than the orange I posted last time.
Snow is in the forecast for Sunday and Monday, I’m hoping to get inspired by that and get some wintery images.
I saw an orange color squeaking through the shaded window this morning, so took a peek. Yikes! A particularly good sunrise was in progress so I ran outside with the camera and snapped a few frames. This almost takes on a abstract quality, or perhaps that’s just wishful thinking. Anyhow, it would have been a great morning to be set up with a great foreground to the east, but sometimes you have to work with what you have on hand.
Cadillac Mountain is located in Acadia National Park, Maine. At 1,528 feet it is a mere bump compared to the major mountain ranges, but it is the tallest peak along the coast of the eastern United States. I was able to be at the summit for one sunrise, and it was very interesting. (You can drive to the summit and park your car, but if you want to picture me heroically rope climbing to the top it’s OK with me.) This particular morning it was partly cloudy, there were clouds out over the ocean, low clouds hugging the coast, clouds actually flowing around the summit of the mountain in the brisk wind….it was visually exciting but also chaotic. I didn’t think the photos I took when the sun was lower quite worked….they were interesting but there was so much happening they seemed unfocused. Not literally, but subject-wise if that makes sense. When the sun rose higher it, I shot some images that I find more appealing, even if they looked like they were taken on the surface of Mars. (If Mars had plants.) The sun was filtered by clouds at this particular point…it’s still blown out photographically, but hey…it’s the sun.
Here’s one of the earlier shots, it has pretty colors but I don’t think I quite nailed a satisfying composition. Anyhow, it was fun to be there and quite memorable.
We were extremely fortunate on our Alaska trip to find clear skies over Mt. McKinley (a.k.a. Denali). This is unusual enough that even the employees at the Princess Wilderness Lodge where this image was taken were outside taking photos of each other with the mountain in the background. Princess would like you to believe that Denali is looming over the main lodge deck, but it is more like 40 miles away, about the size of your fist at arms length. Having said that, it was still a beautiful view.
The view from the Princess lodge is looking generally north, many photos you see of the mountain are taken from inside the national park looking west or southwest. On this particular morning my tripod was already on it’s way to our next destination in our big checked bags, so I braced my 70-200mm Sigma telephoto lens on a wooden guardrail and fired away. This particular image has had some photoshop actions applied, others in the linked gallery have only had level tweaks and such applied. I feel fortunate that we were able to see this great mountain so clearly, it was quite memorable.