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Road to sunrise



Dear Friends,


Yesterday I got up really early for a sunrise session: light wasn't great, so I'm not satisfied.


I had the opportunity of shooting in rough conditions (-8°) and have been pretty satisfied with my 5d2. I could use it with my gloves on and it has been much better than I expected.

I know there are better options, but since I have only tried a 400d (which was almost unusable with gloves on) I think it is ok.


As for this shot (taken on October, 23), I think it's the session with the most beautiful light I have ever experienced as a photographer: tones and color were amazing (I had to slightly desaturate the reds, since they were too strong).

This exposure has been tricky, I have to use a 5 stops filtration for the sky and some darkening is visible in the foreground, too (I don't think it ruins the shot, I kinda like it).

I tried to find a strong composition and I think this one works, even if I'm not 100% satisfied with it: I have just been overwhelmed by the amazingness of the scene.


Hope you like it, anyway.



- CANON 5d Mark II, EF 17-40 f/4 L, f/16, 15 s, ISO 100

- Phottix TR-90 Remote Shutter

- Lee 0.9 (3 stops) soft GND + 0.6 (2 stops) soft GND

- Tripod


The shot

Shot about 50 km from where I live, a few minutes before sunrise.


The Processing


Camera Raw

- -0.15 EV Exposure;

- Recovery set to 30;

- White balance tuning.




- Switched to LAB to improve tones;

- Added three Soft Light layers to adjust light;

- Added a Color Balance layer;

- Resized for the Web (1200px);

- Applied a slight noise reduction in the sky only to smooth tones;

- Applied an Unsharp Mask to slightly improve contrast;

- Smart Sharpen + More accurate (On luminosity 'blending mode' with the sky masked off);

- Framing and Signature.


Take a look at it, LARGE on Black :

Road to sunrise, on Black


@ You all

Comments, faves and critiques are always welcomed!

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Taken on October 30, 2010