Pierre Williot  

Sunrise over the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve in Central New York by Pierre Williot

August 2019 - Sunrise over the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve in Central New York

About the Image(s)

Here is my submission for the month of July 2019

Title: Sunrise over the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve

Equipment: Camera Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, Lens: Leica 12mm f/1.4, Tripod

Technique: ISO 400, 12mm, f/14, variable speed. 5 Images in Vertical HDR (1 stop between each) - Pano of 11 (55 pictures all together). HDR and Pano in LightRoom. Minor adjustments.

Sunrise over the Montezuma Wildlife Preserve in Central New York. I really like the morning dew…


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10 comments posted

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Pierre, the starburst at sunrise is certainly striking. And the fog bank in the distance is a mood-creating element. The image looks a little soft out beyond the first ridge of grasses. Since you were shooting on a tripod, you might check the alignment of your different exposures.   Posted: 08/07/2019 09:35:29

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Starburst of the sun rise definitely an eye catching impact of this image. I love how you compose the scene in panorama. My only suggestion is to bring down the shadow a bit and add vignette to make the scene looks more dramatic.   Posted: 08/10/2019 04:39:15
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks. Nice touch. Different, more dramatic feel.   Posted: 08/11/2019 10:28:14

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
You caught a fine moment with the mist hanging low on the wet grasses as first light rises up to an almost bald sky; just a few wisps of clouds. You certainly had to work quick to get all those images! I wonder if you could eek out more sky detail using the graduated filter and a touch of dehaze, negative highlights and temperature adjustment in post?
A pleasing composition; the sun with its marvelous rays is balanced by the tree. I like the warm light, sharp grasses and long shadows on the foreground lawn as well as the diagonal lines of the canal. Frans' edit does seem more mysterious & dramatic and has definite black and white points whereas I don't see strong blacks in yours. Artists choice. Nice pano.   Posted: 08/10/2019 17:43:06

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
I like the visual flow of the image, my eye immediately goes to the fantastic sun star and then follows the ground fog and finally finds the bridge. The warm color of the sun also seems to work well with the rich green color of the grass. I do like the sky darker as in Frans' edit but think I would keep the grass at its original brightness or close to it. I also agree that if you can pull any detail out of the sky this would be helpful as it does seem a bet empty.   Posted: 08/14/2019 10:50:44

Glen Gilligan   Glen Gilligan
Hi Pierre. A beautiful panorama which evokes in me feelings of calm and cold. My eye went straight to the sun starburst; well shot. Sometimes producing a starburst is not an easy thing to do and you have done well. The fog is telling the story of a chilly morning in this beautiful scene. The little bridge on the right adds interest. I feel as if I should be walking across the bridge to search for the wildlife in the fog. An extremely peaceful scene. Well Done. Cheers Glenn   Posted: 08/16/2019 05:14:41

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Rereading all these comments reminds me that our eye certainly is drawn first to what is light, bright, sharp, and of a warm color. Which advances in the scene while the cool colors recede.   Posted: 08/16/2019 09:18:48

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks for all these comments and suggestions.   Posted: 08/16/2019 12:03:46

Kathryn Engle
The starburst is very nice. Wow! 55 picture composite. Very nice. One suggestion is to just bring out a bit more curves in the midtones. Very subtle, but lets the sunlight on the vegetation stand out just a tad more.   Posted: 08/17/2019 22:35:38
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks for these comments Kathryn,
Up to now, I always skipped the adjustment curve. After you wrote your comments, I played a bit with it and start to understand better it's role.
It would be interesting to see how other photographers are using this tool.
  Posted: 08/20/2019 14:33:37