Looking out across Fidalgo Bay, Washington, on a cloudy afternoon…
Why do I shoot into the sun? Can’t help myself. Noticed a sundog as I was wandering around northern Arizona one morning. The sun itself is blown out in the image, but it matches up nicely with the hole burned in my retina as I set the shot up. 😉
HDR (high dynamic range) image constructed from three exposures.
A very experimental shot. I was shooting straight into the morning sun with my Tamron 28-300 lens because it can get the interesting circular lens flare that you see here. But the rest of the image didn’t work so I decided to go completely nuts with my photo processing tools. For better or worse, here is the result…
Spent the last few days exploring parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. I do a lot of thinking on the road and a major topic of this trip (suggested by a good friend) was giving myself a break now and then.
I’m my worst critic in more ways than one – this photo is an example. Initial impression was that I should throw it out. Didn’t get the lens flare I wanted, forgot to dust the lens off before shooting into the sun, and on and on and on.
Then I took a deep breath and decided that it’s OK to send this photo out into the world as is.
What does this mean to you? I hope you like the photo, and sometimes maybe do what I did and give yourself a break. That’s my deep thought for the day.
Shot in the Gila National Forest of southwestern New Mexico on a spring morning. Shot with my Nikon D800, Tamron 28-300 lens, ISO 100, and to avoid having the sun blow the rest of the image out I used an aperture of f/22 and a 1/3200 second shutter speed. No filters were used.
The view from the base of Devils Tower, Wyoming…
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