Richard Story  

Hallet Peak Sunrise by Richard Story

November 2021 - Hallet Peak Sunrise

About the Image(s)

canon R5
Canon 24-70
I explored this site the day before while I was on my trip out west then, came back to spend the night in a parking lot.
And nature rewarded me with this pink sunrise at 31 degrees,
(don't forget I live in southern Florida, my refrigerator isn't that cold!) but I braved it anyway.
Having searched the area before I knew where my best chances were for the shot, I used Photo Pills and Sunseeker aps to see what my best locations were, while I was exploring the day before. You can do some of this from home before you even leave.( I didn't as I wasn't sure where I would end up).
..I chose the long shutter speed to smooth out the water to get better reflection of the morning light, it was pretty windy that morning so I knew I wouldn't get a mirror reflection, which would have been nice,
used f/11 to get some good dof, and get more light, but I always go for low ISO when I can, so I didn't raise it.

what do you think?

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4 comments posted

Damon Williams   Damon Williams
This is a compelling image for me Richard. Focus works all around for me. Exposure is well done, IMHO, and the top and bottom of the frame are well balanced, in that the rock in the lake seems to me to have similar visual weight to the rock in the background (despite the background being illuminated). I think the decision to extend the ss to smooth the water was a good one, as it helps isolate teh foreground interest. I even think that you achieve some color complementarity between the foreground rock and the background pinnacle.

This is just me, but I think that longer ss may have also taken some of the sharpness and detail out of the sky, which I'd rather have.

You know, your story about how you planned and created this image is a major lesson I think, which is the importance of foresight and preparation. I think when folks get into photography initially they feel like the secret is mastery of the camera itself, and the camera's settings. It's become plain to me over the course of the last 2 years though that the camera is only a small fraction of the equation. Control of the subject, the other objects in the frame, the light affecting the objects in the frame, and having the foresight to put the camera in the right place, at the right time, with the right settings, is what it's really all about, or at least a larger part of it. You clearly brought all your experience AND diligence to bear to make sure you made that happen. It shows.   Posted: 11/22/2021 23:39:58

Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
Glad you survived the 31 degrees and even gladder you got out and shot this beautiful scene. I really like the color and the gorgeous light and I would love to see this with different shutter speeds to see what I end up liking the best. I can imagine I might like it even better with the water even more smoothed. I find myself wondering what the shot would be like from just a Bit more to the left with more of the pink sky and rock top right and slightly less of the left side of the foreground rock and top left hill. To my eye it is a bit soft…especially the foreground rock. Maybe focus stacking would have made it even more pleasing. Nonetheless it is such an inviting and restful scene   Posted: 11/25/2021 11:58:10

Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Richard this is such a beautiful image, so nicely scoped out. I like 'the blurred water to smooth it out but not sure I wouldn't like it as is, (water more wind blown) Did you happen to take the same image using different settings? This is a good example of an image well planned. The colors are so striking. I just can't decide if it bothers me the water is the only thing softened with the very sharp rock right in the middle of it. If you hadn't mentioned it would I even be focusing on it? My first impression was how beautiful the scene is so I guess this is a total success. Well done!   Posted: 11/25/2021 17:02:54

John Meiers   John Meiers
I like it! Nice capture at 50mm.   Posted: 11/28/2021 21:09:48