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Challenges of Light

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 18 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I shot this image on the old coast road which runs through the hills between the northern entrance to the Big Sur Valley and Bixby Creek to the north. Before Route 1 was built in the 1930s, it was all there was. Must have been interesting, especially in the rainy season.

But the reason I am putting this shot up is the high contrast between the shadows and the sky. The shadows were dark, almost black is the image that exposed the sky properly, a bit lighter when the trees were right and okay when the sky was blown out. This is where HDR shines. The blending of three different exposures allows the entire scene to be seen as the eye sees it. The sky, trees and shadows can all be brought out.

This image, to get it right, still needs some more work. But it was far enough along to make my point about HDR.

Canon EOS 40D 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Challenges of light for sure! I always love walking in sun dappled forests but I realize that the images that I still insistently take, may not "show the scene as it was seen." Yet still I try and use it for practice. This one here is great, John. Excellent job!!

18 Jan 2011 3:47pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful image! I love the Old Coast Road!

18 Jan 2011 3:48pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

impressive processing and perfect blue "framing" colors!

18 Jan 2011 4:31pm

alex centrella from California, United States

i love this road...nice work ..

18 Jan 2011 4:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful capture. very nice leading lines

18 Jan 2011 5:07pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

very pretty! nice composition and capture of the wonderful play of shadows and light :)

18 Jan 2011 5:15pm

Leahhhkay from Fort Collins, United States

very cool. i love the effects you chose for it.

18 Jan 2011 5:16pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful light here John... a gorgeous scene ! Have a fantastic day :)

18 Jan 2011 5:33pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Dramatic, sharp, bright, and, yes, the details in the shadows are nicely evident here. Beautiful job.
Congratulations on landing in Carmel. Way to go. :-)

18 Jan 2011 7:11pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A challenge well met, John - beautiful.

19 Jan 2011 1:26am

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

very skillful use of HDR. Bravo.

19 Jan 2011 3:51am

Canon EOS 40D
1/60 second
ISO 100
18 mm