At Buttle Lake in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I used two photography techniques to make two very different images from the same scene.
The first image was made before sunrise when it was still fairly dark and there was not much colour in the sky. The stump is the main subject but I also liked the submerged rocks in the foreground. I used my 10-20mm wide angle lens so I could capture the foreground rocks as well as the mountains in the background and on either side. I made 3 exposures and combined them in post-processing into one high dynamic range image.
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A little later colour started coming into the sky and I was drawn to the cloud reflections in the lake. I switched to my 24-105L lens and put on my 4 stop neutral density filter which blocked out some of the light allowing me to use a longer exposure to smooth out the water.
Two techniques, same time, same setting, two very different results.
Jackson Frishman says
Two beautiful images, Anne! The pink clouds and smooth reflections in #2 make for a very peaceful shot. The bold comp in #1 with all those symmetries leading to the stump in almost the center, together with the moody light, make that one feel much more intense. I like them both a lot!
Joe Hudspeth says
Both exquisite images Anne. Question for you, have you ever used Photomatix Pro with just one image (instead of three) to bring out your details?
Callum Aitken says
Both are great images Anne. Thanks for the link to your interview – I’ve been playing catch-up on going back through your blog, but the interview gives a really good insight into your trip, plus the highs and lows. Thanks for sharing.
Oh Boy! Those are exceptional. The tonal control in the first one is superb, especially in the foreground. Two things really make the second image. The compelling mirror image of the wooden stump and that line of bright light at the end of the lake. Magic! Superb work, worth the early start Anne.
Jimi Jones says
Anne, I really love both of these but that 2nd shot with the long exposure is totally awesome. What a wonderful scene.
Edith Levy says
I love both images Anne so please don’t ask me to pick a favorite…LOL. Excellent work.
Erik Kerstenbeck says
Great work – like that you used HDR to capture and combine and didn’t go crazy tonemapping. I personally like the second shot better. The colors and stump really play well with that one.
Toad Hollow Photography says
Isn’t it amazing the two totally different emotions that these images evoke. Great work here, Anne, I really enjoyed this post a lot! And congrats on your feature on the Colortrails blog!
Cipri @Travelocafe says
Simply amazing! I love it. I am really impressed.
Best excellent, but for me I prefer the symmetries of the first image
Steven Perlmutter says
Both images are outstanding, but I prefer the second one over the first. The colors in the sky and its reflection, as well as the more prominent focus on the stump make it really stand out.
Fred O'Donnell says
Outstanding images, Anne. I really like the second one. Well done!
The second one wins for me.
Anne McKinnell says
Me too. Thanks Stephen!
Such delicate use of HDR in the first pic, just love it. How dark was it? Like, how early in the morning?
Anne McKinnell says
Hi Pedro, thank you so much. It was around 5:30 in the morning. Summer in British Columbia, the sun gets up early. It was just before sunrise so the sky was getting bright but the mountains were still in shadow.
would using the HDR setting in the camera (Canon6d) give similar effect.? or is the post processing control critical?
Anne McKinnell says
Hi John, I like to process mine manually because you do have a lot more control than what you get with the auto-HDR in camera. However, having said that, sometimes the auto-HDR does a great job, so I would definitely try it out. My husband makes all his photos that way.
Jim C. says
colortrails.com doesn’t seem to be accessible these days (5/27/2016). One of your old domains? It appears that the domain is currently (still) owned by someone!