12 Sep 11. The submission for today is an HDR composite of three shots. The camera was pointed directly into the sun which generally makes for a less than satisfactory image, but by incorporating a couple of tricks you can make such a scene more than acceptable. The first is to place the sun directly behind an object, such as in this instance, a tree, and the other is to take multiple exposures (bracketing in the jargon of film) incorporating just the best exposure of each frame into a single image. Of course the HDR software makes that really easy, allowing me to become lazy, and getting the sun directly behind something just takes a little positioning assuming there is something available to put between you and 'ol Sol. This shot was taken while working on the sunset shot I sent earlier, and I sandwiched a series of these in-between the shots of the mountains. Now the original set had a very light, almost white, area at the top which I could have left in for teaching purposes, but I figured it would make a much better image without and I could simple indicate that it was there originally. The discerning eye may notice what looks like a lot of vertical noise mid photo; it is how this compositing rendered the trees in the distance. I thought about smoothing it out but decided that as it is a bit of a creative type image that I would just leave it in; you can always do that part if you desire. Now as you all know I really like working with back lighting, and this image should help to demonstrate why. Without the back lighting you would miss both the cobwebs and the fine structure of the needles, both of which are tending to glow with this type of lighting. If you haven't done a bit of work using this approach, I strongly encourage you to give it a try. ISO 200; 1/400 sec (middle of three) @ f / 7.1.