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    Default Autumn's First Sunrise...

    I spent the night at Mispah last night, and hiked up to Mt. Pierce for both a sunset and a sunrise. I thought it a unique opportunity to catch the last sunset of summer, and the first sunrise of autumn.

    The tundra is in it's full autumn coat, and I had great light to hightlight it...

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    That's a great photo. Thanks for sharing it.
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    And this'll help things turn out for the best. And always look on the bright side of life.

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    Jim, how come you don't take me along with you? What a great sight - and a wonderful site too.
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    That is a very awesome shot. Wish I was there.
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    Ok Jim, you can't do that too often, I am just now getting my breath back. That one definitely took it away. I now live in the Rockies and I love it here, but it is sights like these that keep me coming back to the Northeast year after year in the fall.

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    Oh yeah! That's it. Tell me Jim S, do you experiment with over/under exposure? Or was that one a straight out camera meter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FisherCat
    Oh yeah! That's it. Tell me Jim S, do you experiment with over/under exposure? Or was that one a straight out camera meter?
    First off, thanks for your kind remarks...when I saw this scene as the sun broke the horizon, I knew I'd have a winner.

    FisherCat...There IS a trick to shots like this, and no it's not photoshop. This is exactly as my meter read the scene, and exactly how my camera recorded the light coming through the lens...

    The key is to control the light coming through the lens.

    Shots like this have too much range of light for film/sensors to pick up. You would normally end up with either a dark foreground or a white sky. I used special filters that allow you to reduce the light from the sky for a balanced exposure throughout. These filters are called Graduated Neutral Density Filters...see this picture for example

    This same effect can be done digitally, but I like the results with the conventional filters. To do it digitially, mount the camera on a tripod, take the picture twice, once overexposed, once underexposed and put them together in photoshop.
    I don't like this method, as things always move, and filters give me more instant satisfaction of seeing a finished product.

    As a last point, if you look at the summit of Eisenhower, its darker than the rest of the mountains...this is because it's in the dark part of the filter, so this method isn't perfect either...
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    Do you hold the filter strip across the lens? How do you hold it in place?

    I followed the links to the P holder. Interesting little deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad
    Do you hold the filter strip across the lens? How do you hold it in place?
    I use a cokin holder, the system on the front of my lens looks like this:
    http://www.cokin.co.uk/pages/main.htm

    It rotates to allign the filter properly, and has 3 slots for filters...

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    I could have used one yesterday. The waterfalls were in the shade but the sky's light was overpowering.
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