Friday, April 19, 2013

Contender Garry Everett

A slight change in weather conditions within the hour provided American Landscape contest Contender Garry Everett with a variety of lighting and composition options at the same location, as seen in two of his three submissions

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Photographer: Garry Everett

Sierra Storm

Location: Big Alkali Lake, California

When did you take this photograph? June 19, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM AF lens, Manfrotto Tripod, 2 stop Graduated ND Filter

Describe how you got this photo.
I had photographed this area before from locations such as Convict Lake, Owens River, Mammoth Mountain, and Mono Lake. On this occasion I decided to shoot the Sierras from Big Alkali Lake. I arrived at the lake well before sunrise and proceeded to a location I had scouted the previous day to get setup. The morning was a little breezy but the shot was straight forward with my main focus on composition and evening out lighting while making sure to keep the cloud color. The sunrise was one of those you wish for, as the Sierras had large storm clouds above the mountains, which provided for an incredibly colorful sunrise. I took a number of photographs from the morning twilight to well after the sun had risen. This photo was after the cloud color had somewhat diminished and the first light was hitting the peaks.

Did you use any special techniques?
I used a 2 stop graduated ND filter to even out the lighting so the lake reflection was not too dark. I also under exposed the shot by 2/3 of a stop to add a little more contrast and retain the cloud color.


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