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Sunrise behind Thor's Hammer - Bryce Canyon | by IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")
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Sunrise behind Thor's Hammer - Bryce Canyon

This is one of the icons of Bryce Canyon National Park. I wanted to get the sun coming up directly behind the capstone on this famous hoodoo, but it was the wrong time of the year (a big rock hindered that alignment). Even so, I thought this worked out well. This is a blend of three exposures in order to compress all the tonal values, but no HDR tonemapping was used (in fact, the colors were so intense due to reflective light, I had to de-saturate a little to keep it from looking fake). I shot another version two days later, but I liked this one best (what's your opinion?). See below...

 

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Taken on September 20, 2011