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Contender Larry E. Klink

Using the Photographer’s Ephemeris app, 2014 Vista Contest Contender Larry E. Klink carefully set-up a composition he had long pre-visualized

Photographer: Larry E. Klink

Location: Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park.

Date: July 3, 2014.

Equipment: Canon EOS 1DS Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM lens, Singh-Ray ND-2G-SS Neutral Density Filter, Sirui Tripod, Really Right Stuff Ballhead, cable release. 

The story behind the shot:
This is an image that I have wanted for a long time. I knew it was really only available in the summer. I planned the shot carefully using the Photographer's Ephemeris application. I arrived at Tunnel View well before sunrise. I have visited this spot many times so I knew how I wanted to frame the image and that I wanted to present a view of the light on the trees meandering through the valley as well as the sunrise behind El Capitan. I found my spot, took some test images to insure I had my composition, then set about taking my images as described below.

Special Techniques:
I used The Photographer's Ephemeris to find the date and time that the sun would be rising over the notch on El Capitan. I took a longer exposure image before sunrise to open the cliff sides and foreground vegetation that I knew would darken considerably as it was backlit by the sun. I took a series of images as the sun was rising to insure that I got one just as the sun was approaching the peak and that I got a really good lens flare. I used Photomatrix HDR to bring out the best sunrise image with the longer exposure producing an image that very closely approximated what I saw. Beyond that, a little touch up here and there with Lightroom and Photoshop.


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