California: Mt. Tamalpais SP - California Naturescapes
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"Summer Sunset" Location: Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley, California. I thought I would talk about this image a bit since it was such a good fun shooting this. It always amazes me to see how these subtle colors in nature start to reveal just after sunset. The so-called magic hour is truly magical. Technically this is a high dynamic range image but obtained using graduated neutral density filters and not using multiple exposures. It was shot in a single frame using a stack of graduated neutral density filters to avoid overexposure of the sky and the fog. Once the light is dim and filters are in place to balance the brightness of the sky against land, I like to try long exposures to create these surreal shots. The exposure time for this image is 90sec which helps bring out rich colors that are otherwise not accessible. Hope you enjoyed this image. Tech Info: Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm (Yes, this is a very wide angle shot. I had maybe just about a foot of space between the rocks I photographed and rocks behind me) Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Exposure: 90sec at f/14 and ISO 50 Filters: LEE Graduated ND filters with soft edge 0.9 and 0.6 combined with 3 stop Singh Ray Reverse ND Grad Post processing for this image was limited to increasing brightness a bit. Of course I adjust white balance on all my shots. Tree area needed some increase in exposure. Colors are all natural and unaltered. Processing was done in Adobe Lightroom

San Francisco is a busy metropolitan area but just a few miles to the north exists a place so quiet and unique that it is such a perfect escape from the chaos of the city life. Mt. Tam, as it is locally know, is a perfect vantage point to watch the summer fog rolling into the bay or just enjoy the hike on its undulating hills and redwood forests.

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