Daily Image - Feb 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

With dire predictions of perhaps a snowflake or two falling tonight, I may as well stay with the cold theme and go with another shot from the 24° F visit to the Nisqually Delta. Having studied the brochure for the reserve after having visited it, I believe that there was more boardwalk than I found, perhaps because I was so cold that I wasn't watching as carefully as I should have, or maybe because it wasn't yet marked which is what I believe to have been the case. In either event, I now feel required to go down again, when it is both warmer and greener, next month perhaps, and give it another go. In that there are a couple of others who have mentioned a desire to go there, maybe I'll make it a group trek. As I was nearing the end of the existing board walk I couldn't help but notice a shot that reminded me to some degree of a set of goal posts, so, with a bit of maneuvering, I was able to put some snow capped mountains between a couple of leafless, because they are dead, trees. Actually three such trees, so you can decide how you want to work the goal post angle. The mountains are of course the Olympics from a perspective I don't believe I've shared prior. It is a bit busy on the right side; I thought about "cleaning" that up but as this is actually an HDR image, the layering aspects of so doing were presenting more of a challenge than I wanted to deal with, so you get it busy. Five shots, all one stop apart; 2 stops under, 1 stop under, "correct" exposure, 1 stop over, and 2 stops over. Merged together, you get proper exposure in the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. Just like with our eyes. ISO 640; 1266 sec @ f / 9. And yes, I should have reduced the ISO and used a slower shutter speed.