Sunrise over the valley

The sun peeking over the horizon illuminating the valley below.

The sun peeking over the horizon illuminating the valley below.
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kanizkhan July 30, 2015
What a lovely shot.

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in a place called Winnats Pass in the Peak District, England.
The picture was taken at sunrise which was around 0530 at that time of year. My friend and I walked up onto the top of the hill the night before and camped photographing the sunset and enjoying a few beers and BBQ. We set out alarm for 0400 so we're up and ready to shoot as the sky began changing colour.
The lighting was all natures own from the rising sun.
I shot the image on a Nikon D4 with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens and cable release, I used my Lee filters to hold back some of the light in the sky with a graduated neutral density filter, all the above was mounted on a sturdy Manfrotto tripod.
My initial image that I was hoping for was a cloud inversion to fill the valley below and the sun to light it up. I checked the weather conditions and they looked good for the low cloud but it just didn't happen but I am happy with the images I took anyway.
I processed the RAW file on Adobe Camera RAW, pulling a little bit more detail out the shadows and making minor adjustments to white balance. Then I opened the image in Photoshop and did a little bit of selective dodging and burning by creating a blank layer, changing the blending mode to soft light and then painting with white and black brushes to the areas I wanted to lighten or darken slightly. I always use this technique to D&B as it give me more control over the areas.
In my camera bag
My bag changes depending on what I am shooting, if it's wildlife then it is usually a Nikon D5 with a 600mm f4 lens and occasional at 1.4 TC. If I'm shooting landscapes then i take the D5 and D800 along with 14-24mm f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8 and a 10.5mm fisheye. I also throw in my Lee filter- ND's, ND Grads, 10 stopper and sunset filter. I also pack an LED torch if I am doing some Astro photography to light paint areas. My go to tripod is a Gitzo carbon fibre one with a Uniqueball head.
Always check the weather before venturing into the hills as it can change very quickly. If you are going on your own make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be returning. Use an App to check things like sunrise time and direction to plan the shoot, I use Photopills to do this. Get there early at least an hour before you intend to shoot so you can get set up. There nothing worse than arriving in great light and rushin around to get set up, that's when you drop things or worse!

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