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Pre dawn peacefulness of Cathedral Valley.
Thanks for looking!



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Pre Dawn Peacefulness

  NIKON D800E    24mm    f/11.0    1/2s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



Edited on Mar 13, 2013 at 04:49 AM · View previous versions



Mar 04, 2013 at 05:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Oh... very cool! I love that predawn soft light. A little colors on the horizon with an interesting foreground. Well done.

Jim



Mar 04, 2013 at 05:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Love the colors & textures. Well done.


Mar 04, 2013 at 06:15 AM
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p.1 #4 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Thanks guys!


Mar 04, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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p.1 #5 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Peaceful indeed. Excellent.
harsha



Mar 04, 2013 at 08:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


NICE! Love the comp, esp the cool rock in the FG


Mar 04, 2013 at 09:09 PM
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p.1 #7 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


As the others have said, lovely light and colours.


Mar 04, 2013 at 09:10 PM
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p.1 #8 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


You've done a great job capturing that calm moment before sunrise. The depth you've captured here makes me feel like I'm there witnessing it first hand.


Mar 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #9 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Beautiful, Craig. I love how you drew out the colors from relatively subdued predawn light.

Dave



Mar 04, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #10 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Very nice. The best time of day and you've captured it nicely

The only thing I could suggest is to adjust the horizon so that it *appears* level. Even if it is level in the shot, the slope of the hills in the distance gives it a leaning feeling. My 2c.



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p.1 #11 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Very nice color Craig

Morris



Mar 05, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #12 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


It's beautiful. It definitely conveys peacefulness and coolness as well. Thanks.

-Steve



Mar 05, 2013 at 03:44 AM
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p.1 #13 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Thanks again guys!

Forgot to mention, when I take a photograph My objective is to try and keep the perspective and orientation of the land correct. And I put effort into that. I want to present it as it is. Others may prefer a more artistic interpretation, and that's fine...

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Mar 05, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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p.1 #14 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Beautiful photo! Love that early morning light and color!


Mar 05, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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p.1 #15 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


I love the light and, more importantly, the view. Nice work, Craig!

-Nick



Mar 05, 2013 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #16 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


I love the light, and the way you've processed it. Would you mind to say a few words about the way you made this image? It would be most appreciated.


Mar 05, 2013 at 08:53 PM
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p.1 #17 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Beautiful light and colours Craig, I love how the snow covered mountains in the background just peak through, it gives the image wonderful depth.

Cheers Ray



Mar 05, 2013 at 09:18 PM
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p.1 #18 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Stunning low light here Craig, beautiful colours too
David



Mar 05, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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p.1 #19 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Thanks again fellows!

Twisties wrote:
I love the light, and the way you've processed it. Would you mind to say a few words about the way you made this image? It would be most appreciated.


Hi Twisty, there's really not that much to say. IMO if you want nice landscape images the real secret is that you get out before sunrise, which is usually impossible for me. For this shot I drove out to Cathedral Valley the day before, broke trail through the snow and camped up at the Cathedral Valley campground in the back of my Jeep. Then got up at 5:00 am and headed over to the location in the dark (got lost temporarily also when hiking).

I was fortunate that the camera captured those colors during that time of day. I shot with my D800e, always in raw mode, with the Nikon 24mm pc-e tilt-shift lens in manual mode, f11, ISO 100. I think I had a GND filter on but am not 100% sure as I was adding and removing it during the shoot. I always use a RRS leveling base and rail in case I decide to shoot a pano, and it's a habit but I always make sure it's perfectly level and the internal camera level agree. That way I can just spin the lens around 360 degrees, it stays level throughout, and I adjust the shift for the composition. It's very fast. I prefer always using this system now as it keeps the camera level forward and backward, and side to side.

But processing was nothing special - no secret tricks, I shoot Nikon, and use Capture NX2 for raw processing, have the camera set on default "standard" or "landscape" settings. When I bring it into NX2 I do the following (kind of in order of Nikon steps):
1. check white balance, adjust if it's too blue or too hot.
2. adjust exposure
3. turn off the Nikon default sharpening (not necessary if brought into ACR)
4. Turn on D-Lighting and adjust to bring back universal shadow detail.
5. Use Nikon control points to spot adjust individual exposure details as needed.
6. Used an auto-retouch brush to remove a small contrail.
7. Applied sharpening.

That's it. I'm not very sophisticated with processing.

Thanks!



Mar 06, 2013 at 03:23 PM
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p.1 #20 · Pre Dawn Peacefulness


Thank you!


Mar 06, 2013 at 07:39 PM
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