Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Del Mar, California
Date: Jan 20, 2009
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2009
|First, I was going to do an HDR image with three to five different exposures. Well, after taking the pictures I cycled through them. Whilst cycling, I found that the clouds were moving quite rapidly, and I didn't think the clouds would turn out right when I tried to blend all the exposures together. Furthermore, in every exposure, regardless of the metering, the tree was still silhouetted against the background. I got no details in it.
I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to turn out how I wanted it too. So, I got my flash out, mounted it up, and took a shot…. Nothing! I was too far away and it didn’t really make a difference. So, I thinks to myself, ‘I need to get closer.’ I took my flash off the camera. I flipped up the onboard camera flash. I set my SB900 on 'Remote' mode, walk fifteen feet closer to the tree, duck down into a ditch, hold the flash up, use my remote to trigger the camera, and hell yeah!!!! It all works just like I planned it to. The camera shutters, the onboard flash triggers my SB900, which I have pointed ever so perfectly at the tree, and the picture turns out awesome. FIFTEEN feet away in semi- daylight and it still triggers. That is awesome!!! I love this thing.
PP: Selective Burn/Dodge Layers, Topaz adjust, cloned out some small reflective signs at the fence line, hue/saturation, curves, and resize for Web.