Today, I Celebrate…

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

-Ansel Adams-

 

Story behind the photo…

Just before making the final curve on the trail to Delicate Arch there is a window worn into the rocks that give a preview of what’s to come.  It’s a bit of a scramble getting up into the window but, it does provide a different view of the arch.  With the beautiful light and dramatic sky, I felt it was worth the effort.  I attached my fisheye lens to include the entire window.  The range of exposure was greater than I could capture in one click so I dialed in a 5 frame bracket with a base exposure of ISO 100 f22 @ 1.5 sec.  One cool feature on many cameras is the ability to dial in a number of frames on self timer.  With a 5 frame bracket set, I dialed in 5 frames on the self timer and let ‘er rip!  I processed the five images into an HDR using Photomatix Pro and finished the image using Photoshop CS6 with NIK filters (Detail Extractor on the rocks, Brilliance and Warmth on the entire image and a touch of Classical Soft Focus to give it the dreamy effect).  Nikon D4, AF 16mm 2.8D Fisheye.