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VestraBluePool

Taken January 10th 2013

Vestrahorn Mountain from Stokksness. The grass anchors itself in the black sand forming tussocks from the drifting sand.

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  • ƒ/11
  • 24 mm
  • 20 sec
  • 400

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM

Medium weight Gitzo
6 stop B&W ND filter
Magic Cloth = Black sleeve of my fleece.

VestraBluePool

Magic Cloth

AV (Aperture mode). Live view with evaluative metering – weighted for the shadows + 2 stops compensation. With my 6 stop ND filter, I had to increase iso to 400 to get 20 sec.

The shutter speed of 20 seconds gives me around 2 seconds to play with the highlights. For example, 0.5 second sky exposure (reflex speed) could help add contrast to such a misty scene, but 2 seconds wouldn’t have burned the highlights, so the contrast could be achieved in post processing. Leaving the sky for 4 seconds would have been close to highlight burnout.

I opted for 1.5 second sky exposure with a karate chop action to cover the whole scene, then a careful exposure from bottom to the horizon (x2). Then I finish off the exposure by gently exposing the bottom corners.

Canon
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

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