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p.1 #1 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


I recently had a photo run with one of the stops being Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. I had never been there before but had heard good things. I of course had to visit the "Fire Wave" and check it out. Here's what I got at sunrise. CC welcome. D800, 14-24, PP in NX2. Thanks, Josh



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Jan 07, 2013 at 04:33 AM
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p.1 #2 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


A nice capture, but the brightness of the rising sun kind of distracts. This location is really a just after sunset area


Jan 07, 2013 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Very nice, like the clouds.


Jan 07, 2013 at 04:58 AM
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Been there at sunrise and sunset, not sure which one it lends itself to…. maybe sunset, but I wouldn't think after. Saying that I have never had anything but clear skies to see it in, which is not ideal. Nice capture here, envious. Rick


Jan 07, 2013 at 06:59 AM
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p.1 #5 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Hey Josh,

You got a pretty cool shot here, a nice view of the wave and some cool colors in the sky. As Maji mentioned, the only real issue here is the sun blowing out so much. An ND Reverse grad might have helped here with that. I would try now with post processing to underexpose the shot and blend in the sun area. I also might try brightening up the wave just a bit more. So darken the horizon and brighten the wave...

Jim



Jan 07, 2013 at 08:23 AM
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p.1 #6 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Rick Schump wrote:
Been there at sunrise and sunset, not sure which one it lends itself to…. maybe sunset, but I wouldn't think after. Saying that I have never had anything but clear skies to see it in, which is not ideal. Nice capture here, envious. Rick


Hey Rick,

Of course it goes without saying that getting cool clouds with cool colors is the best whether sunset or sunrise. But in terms of the way the light falls upon the wave area, I lean towards the sunrise being more my favorite time to shoot. But of course since I like shooting the stars so much, that doesn't stop me from shooting sunsets there and just staying so I can shoot the stars too.

Jim



Jan 07, 2013 at 08:26 AM
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p.1 #7 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Thanks for the feedback everyone. I did darken the sky and brighten the foreground in my edit, just didn't want to push it too far, as I'm not a fan of the fake HDR look. I'll take another look at it.


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p.1 #8 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Nice shot Josh. Don't worry about the "HDR Look" I think you are a long ways from that point.


Jan 07, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #9 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Joshua Warrender wrote:
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I did darken the sky and brighten the foreground in my edit, just didn't want to push it too far, as I'm not a fan of the fake HDR look. I'll take another look at it.


Hey Josh,

No one is suggesting a fake HDR look. It's just a fact that your eyes can see more DR and adjust fluidly in a scene compared to your digital capture. Generally speaking our goal is to try and reproduce what we saw. To use layer masks to blend exposures isn't HDR, it's a manual process to balance an exposure. So please don't think we, or for sure I, am not suggesting for you to produce any kind of fake looking shot with HDR.

Jim



Jan 07, 2013 at 11:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Not at all Jim. Just relaying my own concerns about even approaching the look of overdone HDR. Not a fan of it and so sometimes I'm too cautious. I'll take another stab at it. Thanks again!



Jan 07, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #11 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Here's another try at it. Yes? No? Maybe?




Jan 08, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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p.1 #12 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


I like the second one better.


Jan 08, 2013 at 02:40 AM
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p.1 #13 · Fire Wave Sunrise + Repost


Hey Josh,

Your 2nd post is definitely better, you did pull out some more detail from the hottest area in the sky, so that is good work.

Jim



Jan 08, 2013 at 08:00 AM





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