Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Noon on the dunes

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You can feel the shimmer of heat on the dunes just inland of the beach. It's close to noon and the light is bright beyond description. The tricks to a photo like this are sharpness of focus on the fiddly little elements of the plants (not too difficult if you know where you are with manual focus), and -- the exposure. It's so bright, the sand will be trying to burn out to white, while you want a good range of tonal "zones" in the image. This picture was only cropped in the computer -- the exposure was managed in the camera. Wrangling manual exposure in digital cameras is a challenge, but if you invest an hour in experimentation, you'll reap the benefits forever. Photo by Mel, 2007.

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