Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Pemaquid by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

April 2021 - Pemaquid

About the Image(s)

Still no new material. This month from back in 2012 using a Canon 5D MK II 24-105 at F22 and 47 mm and iso 200. The bracket was three shots in all +/- two stops around an initial exposure of 1/20 sec +.33 compensation. The view is that classic puddle reflection of Pemaquid light. The blend was done in Aurora 2019. Sharpening to offset the F22 was done with Focus Magic (cleaner than Sharpen AI in this case) with a little boost from DeNoise when I cleaned up a minimal amount of “noise” that crept into the sky from that. I used Nik Pro Contrast to tweak the overall snap and then did some selective burning in on the foreground rocks to keep them a bit more subdued and let the lighthouse be the main focal point. If you ever do get the chance to shoot it, it is an afternoon shot. I would now do a three or four shot focus bracket rather than shooting F 22. You are going to have to be patient with the tourist traffic around the light, but you only need one clean shot from up near the light if you focus bracket. From this angle, that near piece of ledge is about 12 inches, so trying to find a hyperfocal point even at F 22 is an exercise. The focus bracket would simplify that part even if it means blending multiple HDR brackets.

1 comment posted

Max Burke   Max Burke
This image looks great to me. You did some fine work as each part you mentioned seems to stand due to doing a focus bracket. You stood at a place that likely has had many tripod locations since it shows the reflection in the relief in the rocks to enable the tower. Your explanation of all you did explains why this is a quality image of this popular site for photography.   Posted: 04/19/2021 22:56:50


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