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Kitty Islet | by Cameron Knowlton
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Kitty Islet

During yesterday's scouting drive through Victoria's beautiful Oak Bay, I spotted these adirondack chairs sitting way out on McNeill point (a.k.a. Kitty Islet). This spectacular ocean view looks across Juan de Fuca straight, from Trial Island in BC, Canada, to Port Angeles in Washington, USA. I've been wanting to shoot this vista for a long time, and my new ultrawide lens was ideal for the shot that I had in mind.


I returned here after supper, just as the sun was setting. I had all of 13 minutes to get setup and shoot every photo before the sun dipped behind Gonzales Hill and I lost my light altogether.


This photo is a composite of 5 photographs taken at various exposure and sunlight levels. Before sending the stack to Photomatix for HDR processing, I adjusted each photograph's exposure within Lightroom, compressing the histogram to where each photo was going to represent its exposure level in the final image. This gave me far greater dynamic range within the merged result.


Nikon D600 and Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G lens at 16mm, B+W UV MRC filter, tripod mounted at ISO 250. Aperture priority, shutter speeds between 1.3 seconds and 25 seconds, apertures f/11 and f/13. HDR processed in Photomatix Pro, exposure and saturation adjustments in Lightroom 4.




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Taken on March 29, 2013