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Dawn on the lake at our campsite in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Dawn on the Lake

Considering the image:  Just a few steps to the left of the previous night’s sunset photograph location, I had spotted these flowering plants at the edge of the water.  The green color was so saturated in the soft morning light that it was hard to capture it in the photograph without looking overdone!  Another chance to slow down and take in the beautiful things around us if we can just slow down long enough to see them.

Making the photograph:  I tried this shot as a High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI), but was less than satisfied with the result.  I have a hard time retaining the sharpeness that you see in the photograph above.  Without that sharpness, the saturated greens tend to look unreal and cartoonish to me.  I opted for a straight up shot at -1/3EV to allow a bit of color in the lake surface and keep the greens dark and saturated.  I did have to add some saturation and contrast in post processing to bring the straight raw image up to what I remembered seeing.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

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