Before Dawn

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    wow i like this one, is that before the dawn of man or of the day?
     
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    Wow, that is stunning! Looks like fire :)
     
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    Wow, great color and I like the really wide on this a lot. Good comp
     
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    Just the day. This is what I woke up to this morning (9/24), about 30 feet from my cot. It felt timeless though- I didn't see another human being for nearly 48 hours.

    Thanks.

    Thank you. Ambient light, even on a cloudless morning, has such an effect on the granite and desert vegetation. I'm already planning my next trip.
     
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    Awesome shot.....how do u get such great colours??
     
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    Thank you.

    The properties of the landscape;
    The granite in this area is pink (apelite?). The weathering tends to darken this to a reddish color.

    Shoot before sunlight;
    The biotite mica content is highly reflectant. Ambient light (before the direct sun rises) will bounce off the glassy mica particles. This was shot probably 15-20 minutes before actual sunrise.

    Long exposure;
    This was 13 seconds at f25. Slightly underexposed is better to retain the colors.

    Post;
    Slight levels and curve adjustments. Some dodging and burning for feature relief. You may notice there are no hard shadows.

    Maybe use a warming filter on the foreground. The more I do these, the less I need to adjust with that.

    IMO, the hardest thing about doing these is to get the focus right in near-dark conditions. I was thinking about carrying a flashlight, but I never remember, and they're too heavy anyhow, plus, I'd only need it for maybe 20 minutes. Once I start, I'm usually weighed down with my d80, d300, tripod, and canteen full of water (because it can get very hot, very fast). I go for about an hour after sunrise and spend about 30 minutes walking back.
     
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    That is a nice one. Love the colour and the contrasts.
     
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    Great job there Abraxas
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Beautiful. Shots like these make me wish travel was easier. Nicely done, again, Abraxas.
     
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    Thank you Dmitri. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
     

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