Well…with Christmas just around the corner, in typical “Fab” fashion I am late in unveiling my 2012 linen textured Christmas greeting card. What can I say, I am a man and I still have lots of time to start my Christmas shopping right?!
Last winter while taking my newly acquired Nikon 24mm PC-E tilt shift lens on it’s maiden voyage, I was able to capture something really remarkable! My first time using this tilt shift lens was met with many challenges. Technically this image may not be perfect as it lacks a little sharpness on the mountain peaks when viewed in full resolution however, it is still one of my favourites. In my excitement to head out to the mountains, I had forgotten one of my most important tools…. my Singh-Ray graduated neutral density filters. I hummed and hawed, sighed and finally accepted my blunder. My first thought was to solve my dilemma by using HDR however, in simple cases like this where the exposure differential is between a bright sky and darker foreground, my preference is to manually blend two images where 1 image is exposed for the sky and a second image exposed for the mountains and foreground. This is a pretty simple photoshop operation that even a “photoshop challenged” photographer such as myself can do successfully! Now normally when someone walks in the middle of my composition, which was frustratingly happening often on this particular day, I try to be patient and wait for them to leave. It just so happened that during my sky exposure Santa and his reindeer appeared in my composition! Imagine that! “What luck”, I thought as I excitedly check my screen and histogram to make sure the exposure was dead on! Was I excited or what!! So yes Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!!
All kidding aside and while there is still plenty of time, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends, readers and visitors to the site a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season!
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Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night!
Until next time…