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p.1 #1 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Taken at Badwater, this shot was a long exposure (25s) taken about 30 minutes before sunrise. (6am)
I used the 17mm TS-E lens and did some shifting to avoid distortion and tilting to keep aperture to about f/9. A 3-stop grad was also used. My goal was to create a contrast between the sharp salt sculptures and the rapidly moving sky.
Your comments are appreciated!




  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    TS-E17mm f/4L lens    17mm    f/9.0    25s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



Edited on Dec 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM



Nov 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Wicked shot Fred! Great contrast between the harsh surface and the cloud layers.

Phil



Nov 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Fred, very neat shot the texture of the salt poly's at this perspective are a great Fg element and I also like the way you used the long exposure, the cloud movement works great here. The nice color doesn't hurt either Dean


Nov 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #4 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Great light and atmosphere Fred. A couple things and this is only personal taste is that the foreground seems too bright in comparison with the rest of the scene. The centered horizon is also something that I am not sure about. Since the fg is such a dominate feature maybe a little more of it to anchor the image better. Now it is a visual battle of fg vs sky. Both of which are great but both are fighting for the viewer's attention. Not necessarily a bad thing. Just my 2 pennies.


Nov 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM
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p.1 #5 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Excellent work!


Nov 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
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p.1 #6 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Beautiful...makes me want to go to Death Valley and try Landscape photography!

Greg



Nov 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #7 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Hey Fred,

What a cool shot. One day I need to get me a TSE lens! You got some cool clouds and some great color in the sky which contrast well with the white of the salt pans.

I certainly like the look of this a lot, but Scott does bring up an interesting point as to the composition. For me, the sky is really taking center stage, the salt pans just set it up. So I do think an option would be to crop a bit off the bottom. You were shooting more in the uplifted salt pan area anyway, so to lose a bit of the detail at the bottom, when one can still still the uplifts between the polygons further on, doesn't hurt the shot.

Jim



Nov 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
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p.1 #8 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Fred,

Excellent photo. I really like the drama and color of the clouds. I am torn between the suggestions on un-centering the horizon. On one hand I can see by cropping you will focus more on one of the elements on the other hand I do like the stark contrast between the sky and the ground at an even contention. So its hard to pick :P


Jason



Nov 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #9 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Fred

Nice work here. I like how you kept the salt white instead of the tendency for reflected color from the sky.

Mike



Nov 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
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p.1 #10 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Lovely shot Fred!


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p.1 #11 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Lovely shot! I've been wanting to visit the death valley for years...


Nov 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM
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p.1 #12 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Makes me want a TSE more than I already did. Killer shot.

Dave



Nov 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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p.1 #13 · Before sunrise at the Salts


philtax wrote:
Wicked shot Fred! Great contrast between the harsh surface and the cloud layers.

Phil


Thank you Phil,
I was going for that effect. I appreciate your feedback.
Love your latest SF shot!
Fred



Nov 27, 2012 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #14 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Wicked cool...I love it!


Nov 27, 2012 at 01:35 AM
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p.1 #15 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Great shot, love the sharpness and the "moving" clouds.

Marcelo



Nov 27, 2012 at 01:42 AM
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p.1 #16 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Absolutely brilliant shot. Simple but effective


Nov 27, 2012 at 01:49 AM
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p.1 #17 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Fabulous work, Fred. This image represents a lot of your longtime work here. I clearly remember that, besides Yosemite, Death Valley is a favorite location of yours that you posted images from 10 years ago. And of course, the 17mm ts-e filter holder project served you well.

The effect of the strong grad is apparent, yet it did what you were after. Some distortion of the clouds is apparent but acceptable. You had the conditions necessary for the image you wanted to make and got it done. Thanks for posting here!



Nov 27, 2012 at 02:02 AM
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p.1 #18 · Before sunrise at the Salts


DSC01 wrote:
Fred, very neat shot the texture of the salt poly's at this perspective are a great Fg element and I also like the way you used the long exposure, the cloud movement works great here. The nice color doesn't hurt either Dean


Hi Dean,
Thanks for your comment. The winds were very strong that morning with the clouds moving towards me. I remember now I has a 2 stop nd together with the gradual.



Nov 27, 2012 at 04:26 AM
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p.1 #19 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Scott Kroeker wrote:
Great light and atmosphere Fred. A couple things and this is only personal taste is that the foreground seems too bright in comparison with the rest of the scene. The centered horizon is also something that I am not sure about. Since the fg is such a dominate feature maybe a little more of it to anchor the image better. Now it is a visual battle of fg vs sky. Both of which are great but both are fighting for the viewer's attention. Not necessarily a bad thing. Just my 2 pennies.


Thanks for the feedback Scott. The foreground color and luminosity are always a difficult decision for me when preparing images like this one. I usually have more color and less exposure on the foreground. For this one however, I was going for a different look. I will try your suggestions.
Fred



Nov 27, 2012 at 05:03 AM
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p.1 #20 · Before sunrise at the Salts


Stunning shot as usual Fred.

Julian



Nov 27, 2012 at 05:16 AM
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