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    Sunday hits San Francisco
    Treasure Island, San Francisco, California

    Nikon D3, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G, Gitzo G1228LVL tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead, Really Right Stuff PCL-II panoramic clamp
    Aperture 2.0 (raw fine tuning, straighten) nik Color Efex Pro (graduated neutral density, polarization, pro contrast, contrast color range, brilliance/warmth) Photoshop (merge, heal)
    2 exposures, 10 multi-exposures, 1/100sec @ f/18, iso200, 14mm (14mm)


    Sunrise at Treasure Island

    The weather was miserable on Saturday but on the off chance that it would clear up before sunrise, I drove down to Treasure Island and tried my hand at outdoor photography in over a year. For me, setting up in the pre-dawn for a photograph at sunrise is chicken soup for the soul.

    The sun only broke through for a few minutes, but it was enough to take this photograph. By the time I jockeyed my camera for a satisfactory angle, I found out I was setting up in the water!

    Since this lens cannot mount a ND filter, I stopped down as much as possible (f/22), set the ISO as low as possible (LO -1EV) and then took 10 exposures averaged in camera (multi-exposure mode), to emulate what a ND 1.2 would have done at f/16.

    There is a small cheat here. In order to capture most of the sky and the horizon the way I wanted, I had to swipe part of the rocks in the foreground from a different (but identically set) exposure, technically this makes this a vertical panorama, but since the merge point is in the (multi-exposure integrated) water, I just blended them and avoided anything fancy.

    There was an insane amount of dust on the senor and lens element. Because of this, I had to use the heal tool liberally. A digital grade ND brought back the rocks in the foreground and allowed the sky to be saturated and still hold contrast. The rest of the postprocessing was done to give it that postcard look and then toned back a small bit. u-points were used to keep the rock out of shadow and the buildings in North Beach (the only thing in direct reflected sunlight) from being totally blown out.

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    Samuel Barr Photography, rcrowley, and 14 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. chaybert (Brian Rueb) ages ago | reply

      really nice shot...

    2. tututhesammy ages ago | reply

      beautifully done!
      Question, what is the interval time between the multi exposures? was it the multi-exposure made the clouds like what they are in the pic? I have never used the multi-exp function in my camera, but should try someday:)

    3. tychay ages ago | reply

      @chaybert: Thanks, especially coming from you.

      @tututhesammy: About 8 seconds counted out by hand. The multi exposure (plus the wind) blurred the clouds that way (clouds above me are “moving faster” than the clouds over San Francisco because they are on the edge of the frame) and the postprocessing was used to exaggerate the color and luminance contrast.

    4. Shawn Hikichi (Dublin Ninja) ages ago | reply

      Nice job, everything blended very well. I'd love to have your picture in our group!
      Beautiful picture! Please add it to our group!
      Join Photoshop Sky!

    5. Samuel Barr Photography ages ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pictures with Frames (post a max of 5 per day), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    6. rcrowley ages ago | reply

      Thank you for explaining yourself and not just taunting me with awesome photos.

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    8. Sam Auger ages ago | reply

      You sure put a lot of work into this! great capture.

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    10. therealshawnshawn ages ago | reply

      Great shot. It has a lot of character to the work. Sky work is amazing almost nuclear war look. Nice colors.

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