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"hidden beauty"

Inspired title from trying to hide the sun's strength with the use of the cliff and my right hand!


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Well I finally left my garage and my kitchen behind and headed out with Ed Bookless on Saturday morning for a sunrise down on the rocks at Old Hartley.


As I mentioned on the first picture the great thing about winter is the later starts for sunrise and what I find amazing is how the sun is in different positions. In winter at this point the sun rises way off to the right almost at a 90 degree angle. Which in fairness is quite helpful so you only have a small blob of bright colour to control. In order to stop the sun burning out I used the old "wafting the hand" technique and found that my sleeve from my baselayer made a great ND filter! With it being red it may have added some colour too! However, I hate to think what I must have looked like bent over and my right arm going up and down 10 to the dozen as they say! Good job Ed was in front of me and not behind!


So back to the sunrise, our Ed hasn't had much good fortunate with sunrises so I was delighted for him that we got some awesome colour on Saturday! We got some great moody rich colours followed by some nice sweeping colours!


Thanks again Ed Bookless for the shout out and make sure to check out his awesome photostream! Now where did I leave those medicine droppers......


Camera Nikon D80

Lens Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Exposure 10 seconds

Aperture f/16.0

Focal Length 10 mm

ISO Speed 100


Redsnapper RS-283 Tripod

Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head

Cable Shutter Release


Lee 0.9 Hard Grad

Lee 0.6 Soft Grad

Kood ND4

Right Hand with Sleeve used to waft in front of the lens!


RAW File Processed in Adobe Lightroom 4

Border & Logo added in Photoshop Elements 9




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Taken on December 15, 2012