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Sunrise over Jefferson

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Sunrise over Jefferson

National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia


Nikon D3, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G

Apple Aperture (raw fine tuning), nik HDR Efex Pro (halo reduction)

9 exposures (+1 to -8ev) @ ƒ5.6, ISO200, 70mm


Sunrise over the Jefferson Memorial from just across the Tidal Basin.


I didn't wake up "in time" to catch the Jefferson the way I wanted and still avoid the 100º heat. Still, after photographing there, I rushed toward the FDR memorial. The sunrise was too "just right" to not try for a multiple exposure photograph with the sun and memorial balanced in the frame.


It's been a while since I've been photographing seriously and it shows. Since I'm traveling, this HDR photo was shot handheld; the image sensor is dusty; the metering is way off (I had the bracketing set at -3 EV, but in the last burst of shots, I did remember to meter off the lower right part of the frame so I did have a single correctly exposed image in the bracket).


I haven't upgraded yet to HDR Efex Pro 2 because it's been so long. The merge done in HDR Efex Pro (1) via the Apple Aperture plugin is the only image processing I did. I should have gone back and fixed the lens flare to not have soo much structure. Oh well!


This is the +1 ev original image. (If you cannot view this, add me to your contacts and I’ll add you to my friends. If you are already a contact of mine then just jet me a message and I'll fix your status.)

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Taken on July 22, 2012