Congrats to Dustin Penman for winning the Leading Lines Assignment!
"I captured this while visiting Washington State's 'Second Beach' in the Olympic National Park in December. After spending the previous five days in the cold rain, soaked to the bone alongside my photographer buddy Marco Crupi, we arrived at the beach just prior to sunrise with a light rain falling and our hopes high. It was about at that time when the sun started to rise over the coast, exposing the breaking up of the dark storm clouds. We finally had great light we had hoped for all week long and dry conditions! We were like children on a Christmas morning; no one was happier than us!!
"This is a two image HDR image. In the first image, the foreground/seamount was captured with an f/8 aperture, 1/8th second exposure, ISO 100, lens was set @10mm. I used my trusty tripod to set my camera up just 12 inches above incoming waves and the shutter was activated with a cable release. For the second image, the sky/clouds were captured at the same settings with the exception of the shutter speed. That was set for 1/125 second. I then merged the two files in Photoshop manually," describes Penman.
Equipment: Nikon D7000, AF-S Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, tripod