Feb 262011

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I love the Neotec tripod.

Walking upstairs the other evening in our home, I was stopped by color in this scene. Light from the setting sun was changing rapidly, so I ran down to grab my camera which was already mounted on the tripod with a cable release attached. It took no time to find the right vantage point and set the legs on different steps. Even working that quickly, there was time for only two exposures before the moment was gone.

Noise was a problem during post-processing, despite in-camera long-exposure noise reduction. I exposed for highlights to capture the window as I saw it—spot meter +2EV—and let shadows fall where they may. In hindsight, to “expose right” even further and darken later would have been a better approach. Then, however, I’d have to rely on memory as a reference and try not to fall into the trap of opening everything up for detail.

Nikon D300; f9.5 @ 20sec, ISO 200 (tripod);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 44mm (66mm EFL); focus distance 5.96m

  6 Responses to “Untitled”

  1. Beautiful shot April. I find a great mood with this simple, yet appealing.

    And the dark works well leading me further into it.

  2. Thank you, Stephen, for taking the time to visit and for your comments!

  3. Absolutely love this image. It’s like someone opened the door to some beautiful memories. The beautiful soft light, the drapes, the warm, cool tones — everything works together so well. In retrospect, I might have tried to remove the towel, but then (going by your descriotion) the moment may have been lost 🙂

  4. Abhi, what a pleasure to see you here. Thank you for your comments.

    It’s interesting that you’d like to remove the towel. Considering your suggestion, I like the human touch it adds. That’s also why I didn’t clone out the hanging brush: there are “messy bits” in everyone’s life.

    But I enjoy another point of view!

  5. Nicely composed. Has a feeling of loneliness to it.

  6. Thank you for visiting and for your comment, Andrew.

    I went to your website, and along with beautiful images I see from your blog you have a kitty who looks much like our Sassafrass! Also, some new equipment to drool over. 🙂

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