Sunrise at High Noon
|[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
- [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!
- [2006-11-12 18:43]
Hola Don, magnificas texturas y color, genial disparo y compo, excelente pov... saludos
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,
- [2006-11-20 15:51]
good composition great colours