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The Dark Arches

EXPLORED ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009 - #267

 

DARKER ON BLACK

 

Man Proposes. Nature Disposes. Early today morning, we woke up prior to sunrise and drove to the Arches National Park. Our hope was to capture the wonderful arches that usually gets lit beautifully by the rising sun.

 

Unfortunately today was a very cloudy and windy day. The wind was so strong that it was really hard to keep the equipment steady even on a tripod.

 

Under these complicated conditions, I kept struggling to get the right exposure for the arches, as the sun was always behind the clouds. So many attempts were futile as the dynamic range was too high for the camera to get it right.

 

So I chose an alternate strategy and decided to try and get a sillhoute effect on the arches. Shifting the mode to Shutter Speed Priority, along with my Leitz lens set to an F16 manually, I fired away at 1/60.

 

Rest was magic.

 

Photograph © Kausthub Desikachar

 

Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and Leitz Elmarit R 19mm F2.8mm Lens. Handheld.

 

PS: No filter was used, as I could not find an appropriate filter that size. Also since its a manual lens, the EXIF data won't reflect the lens information correctly.

 

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Taken on September 30, 2009