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Taken in Howard County, Maryland from route 97 at roughly 6:30AM
using Canon Rebel SL-1. Color of the image is fairly accurate for the scene as it appear...
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Taken in Howard County, Maryland from route 97 at roughly 6:30AM
using Canon Rebel SL-1. Color of the image is fairly accurate for the scene as it appeared to the eye.

Having nothing to do with this photograph, I am working in a very old version of Photoshop (CS-3), have been shooting with a point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix L110 until roughly a year ago, when i switched to a Canon SL-1, and the way i award on Viewbug.com is much like the judges on Foodnetwork for Cut-throat Kitchen with Alton Brown; Regardless of the bulk(or page) of a photographer' work, does the image posted on the wall remind me of a masterpiece? It might be one of many, or a photographer's first and only photo, but if "it tastes like a great cookie, than it is a great cookie; doesn't matter how it got that way."


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37 Comments |
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault October 07, 2015
Just glad to be in the running. Here's hoping i can maintain this kind of standard with my photographs. Thank you.
nina050
 
nina050 October 15, 2015
Gorgeous capture! Look forward to see more!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins November 03, 2015
Really beautiful shot! Love the beautiful golden tones and how the mist and trees are backlit. Welcome to Viewbug!
Badgrandad
 
Badgrandad November 11, 2015
Captured a beautiful image here with lovely moody tones to produce an image greater than its parts.
Rod
ernogy
 
ernogy November 13, 2015
you've captured some wonderful element here, ernogy
Pauljeno
 
Pauljeno November 16, 2015
A beautiful image. Paul.
darrellwilliams
 
darrellwilliams November 19, 2015
Very nice shot! Welcome to Viewbug.
sallycarey Ultimate
 
sallycarey November 19, 2015
Love this shot...let's see more of your photos!!
Elyzabeth PRO
 
Elyzabeth November 22, 2015
Golden glory!
RobinV
 
RobinV November 23, 2015
This is a very promising first photo from you. I'm curious to see more from your work.
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz December 03, 2015
Wow!! What a start in VB. This is an awesome shot John. I am with everyone else ... waiting for your next masterpiece.
Lanza
 
Lanza December 04, 2015
Welcome to VB!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography December 10, 2015
like it!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal December 15, 2015
Congratulations on your awards!
Kdansir
 
Kdansir December 17, 2015
Wonderful composition and lighting on this great photo. Nice work. I wanted to give you a Peer Award on this one and I moved my mouse before I could scroll down! Omer
ConnieFresn Platinum
 
ConnieFresn December 22, 2015
Gorgeous!
GailsWorld
 
GailsWorld January 03, 2016
Wow! Just love this, so beautifully taken!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt January 14, 2016
this is such a beautiful capture. Congrats on this one!
Mother_Nature
 
Mother_Nature January 15, 2016
Excellent capture great tones, contrast, emotive Fantastic Image
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 January 17, 2016
Absolutely stunning!!
laurenkaymyers
 
laurenkaymyers January 24, 2016
Amazing shot!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman January 25, 2016
Totally a masterpiece. WOW
elued29 PRO
 
elued29 January 28, 2016
very poetry and absolutely beautiful shot....
congrats!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 January 29, 2016
Congrats on Staff Winter Selection 2015
wliddy
 
wliddy February 14, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
wliddy
 
wliddy February 14, 2016
I feel pulled into the photo
jacquesvanwyk
 
jacquesvanwyk February 17, 2016
Superb photo !
denisenewman
 
denisenewman March 25, 2016
Nailed it!
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal April 14, 2016
The fogs created this image so eye-catching. Congratulations on your award!
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Beno62 June 10, 2016
I love this picture, like a I do a warm chocolate chip cookie...Jackpot!
Angelvel
 
Angelvel August 05, 2016
What an incredible view. Great capture
farlow
 
farlow September 28, 2016
lovely glden hour...silhouette really draws the eye into the photo to explore the depths. well done
Foxyphotos
 
Foxyphotos September 30, 2016
Stunning!!
deitrick PRO
 
deitrick October 07, 2016
Does indeed remind me of a masterpiece. Great job
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana February 25, 2018
Beautiful!
geertweggen
 
geertweggen October 27, 2018
Wonderful atmosphere captured
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose February 20, 2019
Wow, this gorgeous, beautiful work!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken on route 97 in Howard County, Maryland; a highway that goes from a quiet two-lane road in Howard County on its northern end, to six lanes (three either way) on its southern end as it arrives in the District of Columbia, the nation's capitol. This particular stretch of road is just south of where I-70 crosses it on its own 3000+ mile journey out of Maryland all the way to the Salt Lake City region of Utah.

Time

Taken around 6:30AM, on my commute to work - you guessed it- all the way down on the Maryland-D.C. line at the local two year college.

Lighting

Shooting directly into the sunrise, i was worried about both lens flare and the exposure (camera settings) so i shot several frames at slight variation on the settings for this final image; both under and overexposing, and slight variations both left and right.

Equipment

I have rather limited equipment, consisting of a Canon Rebel SL-1, and two "kit" lens, both of which are Canon; a 18mm to 55mm F5.6 IS STM, and a 55mm to 250mm F5.6 IS STM. Fence post in place of a tripod due to time limitations.

Inspiration

Roughly a year or so before taking this photo, i had gotten in the habit of not only carrying my camera equipment with me on my commutes both to and from work, but also keeping it on the passenger seat and at the ready, so to speak. I had and ongoing project of shooting photos from my car since i spent so much time driving both to and from work; over an hour each way. The inspiration for my commute project is also posted on Viewbug, a photo of Clown on the side of a bus sitting directly next to me at a red traffic light. I had just enough time to grab my camera and shot a couple of frames before the light changed and my subject drove away into D.C. traffic!

Editing

Unlike my commuter project, this sunrise was shot from the side of the road after parking my car, allowing me to make several variation on the image. By having more than one image to work from, i was able to simply be selective about my choice when i took it into Photoshop for adjustment. The color and saturation of the final image are actually pretty close to what i saw in the camera. i sharpened it slightly, and "Dodged" the sun to avoid having the highlight of it totally blown out by the basic image settings in Photoshop. No color adjustment necessary that i recall. The was also no pre-image processing, that is to say no special filters; in fact, no filters of any kind at the time the shutter was pushed and the image captured.

In my camera bag

Back in the days of film, i was heavily armed in terms of camera equipment, but had it all stolen around 1983. i never had enough money as an adult to bravely spend as i had done at a younger age, so when i finally got a digital camera, it was a Nikon CoolPix L110 just a few years back. I finally got a DSLR in the form of a Canon Rebel SL-1 and two lens, which i now carry around almost as often as i did the Coolpix, despite the extra bulk. I do have a tripod, but it could be better and often sits my shooting sessions out. Saving up for a better quality one like my old and long departed Leitz Tiltall.

Feedback

The best advice i can give you is don't hesitate; shoot it. When i saw this sunrise unfolding, i knew i had to stop. when i saw a safe place to get out of traffic and park, i did. i was not running early to work, i was at best just on time. One internal voice said don't be late for work, but a more urgent and louder internal voice said, This is it. you won't ever see another sunrise quite like this one. Maybe just as beautiful or dramatic in a different way, but not the same. I just had to stop, and i am so glad i did. A tripod might have made things better quality, but in this case i don't believe there was time. it was a spontaneous shoot, and not a planned one. The Shutter speed was a not terribly fast for a hand-held shot, somewhere around 1/320th of a second and the aperature was F8. i was hoping that F8 would give me enough depth of field to capture the image as i envisioned, and for many of the shots that i took of this sunrise, i used a fence post as a poor mans tripod to offset the low light and fact that i was hand-holding the camera. The fact that it was taken in early daylight on an early autumn (October) day gave me the morning mist. the temperature changes and transitioning season- summer to fall-are often ideal for that sort of dramatic scene with mist. i would up using my longer lens to help simplify and isolate the scene, including pulling the sun in a little closer for effect.

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