Is sharper always better? Most digital photographers sharpen their images, as do I. But sometimes I want a softer more painterly look.
Achieving this affect in this image I made at Lake MacDonald in Glacier National Park took a number of steps. First, I got up really really early to catch the first light. 4:30am was when my alarm went off in order to get to the shores of the lake by sunrise. Well it was really 5:30am, but since it was my first day in a new time-zone, it was 4:30am for me. I had scouted out the location the day before so I didn’t have to think much about composition that early in the morning. Then I used my Singh-Ray 4 stop neutral density filter to filter out some of the light. That allowed a longer shutter speed which removed all the ripples on the lake and give it a misty look. Finally, in post-processing, I reduced the clarity of the image.