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The Still Lake

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I know you're all probably sick of photos of Lake Bled, but I'm not, so you'll have to do with a few more! I had wandered down for sunrise and, as I hope you're aware, you need to be in location and set up well before the time of day you want to capture. This is easy for sunsets, but much more difficult for dawn. Not only do you have to arise at silly o'clock, but you have to move around in darkness. This isn't so much of a problem in a city, but in the countryside by a lake, the visibility is much less. Luckily I had my head torch.


The lights weren't particularly illuminating and I could just about make out shapes on the lake from my viewpoint. I cracked up the exposures to around five and a half minutes and shot away. Although this is an HDR shot, it's mostly one exposure blended in, with the HDR compensating for the dark areas around the mountains and the bright areas around Bled Castle. With this long exposure you can also see quite clearly the first hints of the sun coming up to the right of the church tower.


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You can see this shoot from my first on location video.


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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/9.0 / 17-40mm @ 38mm / HDR

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Taken on October 15, 2011