Arizona Sunrise - C&C, please!

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  1. Hartley

    Hartley TPF Noob!

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    Hi Y'all,

    I would like to get comments on this view of a recent sunrise, taken from our cabin south of Prescott, AZ. While I've been taking pictures since before a lot of you were born, I've never taken any classes and I just shoot at things that look nice to me..;) I am a real noob at this Internet photo sharing thing, so I hope I get this right..

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    I cropped this to fit on my desktop - I got tired of Vista making a mess of my normal-size pictures :grumpy:. I slightly tweaked the color temp and saturation using Elements - my memory sez this is what it looked like to my eye.
    The mountains here are between 55 and 65 miles away, incidentally.

    Hartley
     
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    Nicely done - I suspect that this image could have been even better with the use of a graduated neutral-density filter and perhaps an orange filter as well.
     
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    I like it very much. I would be inclined to crop some of the black off the bottom and some of the very top of the sky (but that's me).
     
  4. Hartley

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    Thanks to both of you for your kind comments!

    tirediron, I understand the use of a neutral-density filter to even out the levels between the bright sky and the dark land below (at least, I think that's what it would be used for here..:D)

    Would it look better with some details of the near ridge visible? (I looked at the original, and it can be done) Since I have a raw version of the original (.CR2) I can do all sorts of things with it, of course.. not all of which look "real"..;)

    I also tried some similar ones as 3-shot HDRs, but the noise overcame the usefulness pretty quickly. It seems that sunrise & sunset with HDR make trouble with noise, at least for me (I use FDRTools).

    Thanks Again!

    Hartley
     

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