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asienio October 26, 2015
Amazing shoot!
Love that one:)
VHiggins November 23, 2015
beautiful! congratulations!
EdwardBenton November 27, 2015
That's one for above the mantlepiece!
michaelwarrenphotography November 28, 2015
Fantastic shot and great example of good HDR - as a tool and not a style! Congrats on being a finalist!
IsabelPing December 06, 2015
streetmanphoto December 06, 2015
My humble thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment and/or award this photo.
laurenpeelerbrice December 06, 2015
This is magnificent. I love the light and composition.
acseven December 14, 2015
Wonderful panorama, really good light. For my own personal I guess you could have straightened the horizon, it's kind of noticeable particulary on the mountain peak reflection. Still, very nice. ;)
streetmanphoto December 27, 2015
I see what you mean by the horizon . I had adjusted it before it got uploaded. I remember thinking it started to look tilted tor the left if I pushed it any further. Thanks for commenting and the compliment.
streetmanphoto December 27, 2015
Again my thanks for everyone who has liked, commented, and awarded this photo. I am truly humbled by the responses.
AliAlzuhair January 19, 2016
streetmanphoto August 01, 2016
I am humbled again by the responses to this photo. My thanks to you all and especially to the Viewbug team for putting this photo on the Viewbug Wall twice.
PrincezzxDiana September 17, 2016
This is such an amazing photo! I love this so much
Thank you everyone who has awarded this shot. Very humbled and honoured that you did so.


Shot at Canmore Resevoir, late fall. Four shot panorama.
Shot at Canmore Resevoir, late fall. Four shot panorama.
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Behind The Lens

This was taken at a reservoir about a 5 minute drive from where I live.
A crisp fall morning in 2013, I decided I should get out to take pictures of the sunrise. I really, honestly had no fore thought as to where I was going to go take pictures. On a feeling I drove up to the reservoir and walked a very short distance to the shore. By the time I got there the sky in the east was beginning to lighten with the rising sun.
Sunrises (and sunsets) can be a crap shoot as to how good they are going to be for taking pictures. Sometimes it is comes down to being patient and knowing the shot you see in your head will be there. You just keep trying. This particular morning I got lucky and after setting up the camera gear where I thought the scene would look best, I waited for the sun rise further and hoped to get the orangeish red hues coming off the mountain tops. Twenty minutes of waiting and watching, the sunrise light got better and better. The key to catching the light just right was watching the color on the clouds closer to the sunrise and noticing how quickly the color was changing on those clouds.
I used a Pentax K10D, a polarized Pentax SMC DA 16-45 lens attached to a ProMaster Carbon Fiber tripod with a ProMaster Ball Head and a wired shutter release.
I wanted to take a panorama of the sunrise on the mountains. The bonus was having the water still enough to reflect the scene but also this one fairy large cloud extending from top of frame into the horizon.
This shot is actually made up of five separate shots. All of them bracketed with three shots each. I post processed each group of three RAW files in Photomatix, adjusting them to what I remember the scene looking like. I then made some minor adjustments to the five tiff files in Photoshop for contrast using curves. I then used Photoshop's Panorama feature to make one large file of the whole scene. After that I cropped the picture to take away the unwanted edges. Using the Polygon Lasso tool, I selected everything from the top of mountains down to the bottom edge of the water and used Imaginenomic's noise reduction to take out the noise in the water. I then reversed the selection and took out noise in the sky. Then I zoomed in on the picture to take out dust spots.
In my camera bag
I recently upgraded to Pentax's full frame K1 camera. I have their HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens (which is surprisingly sharp for a 3.5-5.6), a Pentax 50mm 1.8, and a Pentax K-x. A wired remote control and a polarizer to fit each lens and a very sturdy tripod.
Be set up and ready to go as much as possible. I usually arrive at a scene a half hour before sunrise/sunset so I know where I am going to set up and have everything ready. Pay attention to how the light is hitting clouds, mountains and sky as the sunrise/sunset progresses. Be patient, if the shot you are after doesn't work the first time try again. The next time the lighting could be fantastic. If I was going to change anything I did with this shot it would be to have taken five bracketed shots vs three. I discovered about two months later if you take five instead of three, you do not end up with as much noise and also the dynamic range of your shot has more information in it to be able to pull more detail out, especially in the shadows. Also, don't pack up your gear when everyone else has or when you think the light show might be over. There have been many times when I thought the lighting could not get any better, only to be shown five minutes later I was wrong.....and I was very glad to have stuck around.

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