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Sunrise at High Noon

Sunrise at High Noon
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Copyright: Don Eason (naturalverities) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 5 N: 37] (246)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993-09-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Graflex Century Graphic 2x3, Schneider 65mm F8 Super Angulon, Fujichrome Velvia
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sunrise, Sunrises & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 15:35
Viewed: 1837
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Direct sunlight rarely penetrates to the bottom of the narrow, deeply cloven canyons of the Waterpocket Fold of central Utah. On this particular day (my birthday!) my family and I were eating lunch at this spot in Spring Canyon (also called Chimney Rock Canyon) when the light suddenly began to warm up dramatically with the approach of direct sun. I quickly dropped what I was eating and rushed to set up the tripod and camera, just barely having time to squeeze off this exposure before the sun began to hit the leaves of the tree, diminishing the impact of the image (as my second exposure demonstrated).

Had I been shooting color negative film, I might have been able to hold the highlights of the rock above the uplit alcove. But Fujichrome Velvia is not known for wide exposure latitude, so I feel fortunate to have chosen a usable exposure, which was likely a compromise between the meter reading and the "sunny f16" rule.

I should add a PP note: I did pretty extensive burning and dodging, using positive and negative B&W masks and a brightness wand, to restore the natural luminosity of the scene, which Velvia had compressed at top and bottom due to its steep response curve.

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Hi Don, beautiful poto of this canyon with good composition, light and colors, ciao Silvio

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  • Tintin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1885 W: 243 N: 345] (1982)
  • [2006-11-12 17:21]

Very nicely captured, Don. I really like your composition with a number of diagonal lines going either toward the right or the left creating a nice effect. Great texture on the rock and nice light. Well done!

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2006-11-12 18:43]

Hola Don, magnificas texturas y color, genial disparo y compo, excelente pov... saludos

Hi Don,
I appreciate what you have done here. Working with Velvia is a huge challenge as your note states. It's not like you can just shoot multiple frames and keep what you like. I especialy like the reflected light on the alcove. Beautiful work,


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  • fff Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 600 W: 0 N: 40] (2738)
  • [2006-11-20 15:51]

good composition great colours

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