Sunday, September 25, 2011

Photo of the day: Morning on the Nisqually River

This was an incredibly beautiful morning, the kind you only get in September when the threat of autumn storms looms on the horizon. You can see the lenticular cloud on the summit of the Mountain, foretelling a change in the weather, and the boulders in the foreground left behind by an epic flood in November just five years ago. I really wanted to get both the foreground and background in focus for this photo, and also in the correct exposure, very difficult to do when the snow-clad Mountain is brightly lit and the dark rocks in the foreground are in shadow. I ended up taking three horizontal images, one on top of the other, and stitching them together in Photoshop, a technique which produced essentially a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image of morning on the Nisqually River.

Here's another version of the same photo:

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