Mark Bargen  

Wispy Misty Morning by Mark Bargen

April 2021 - Wispy Misty Morning

April 2021 - Mark Bargen


April 2021 - Mark Bargen

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About the Image(s)

This image was made early last September, standing on the far side of the small island in western Walden Pond that was the subject of last month’s post. We don’t often get much fog in these parts so, when the forecast looked promising, I knew I had to get up early and get there before sunrise. The fog was thin, so it didn’t provide much atmosphere, but I did really like the wispiness (is that a word?) of it.
The woods are predominantly white pine, with sprinklings of oak, maple, birch and beech that had begun to turn. Once the waters recede mid-summer, making the island reachable by land bridge, the rocky shores support several varieties of flora that flourish in and amongst the rocks. In the fall, they die back and some of the grass-like varieties turn bright orange.
Canon EOS 90D, EF-S18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM, bracket of 5 exposures (from 1/80 to 1/13 second) at f/8.0, ISO 100, 18mm (FoV roughly comparable to 28mm on a full frame sensor).
Post: In Lightroom Classic, merge five shots into single image, global adjustments to tone, modest increase in clarity and texture, slight bump in saturation. In PS, further adjustment to the tone curve, plus mucho dodging and burning. Cloned out sundry distractions, spots on rocks, twigs in water, etc.,, and finalized the crop.

2 comments posted

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Impressive final image Mark, very well done. A lot of work in post processing but the results are amazing and well worth the extra effort.   Posted: 04/11/2021 11:50:02

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Mark, this is a terrific final image. While I am not a fan over post-processing, I am reminded of a comment that I heard during a lecture "My final product represents what I remember seeing". No camera can capture the dynamic range of the human eye/brain so it's the talent of the image maker to recreate the scene that was seen. For that reason I also do not object to removing minor distractions from a final image since our human processing capabilities have a tendency to ignore those elements but the camera has no ability to differentiate. How many times have we looked at the captured image only to see something that we didn't know was there...   Posted: 04/15/2021 09:14:17


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