A couple new photos taken a local ranch pond in Deer Creek Valley, Bailey, Colorado at sunset. The view is looking towards the south east, so the setting sun is behind the photos. There weren’t many clouds, so I decided to compose the shots with just some sky and more of the clouds reflections on the pond.
(Click on the images to view in my gallery)
The camera was a Canon 5D Mark III at ISO 100 and the lens a Canon 24-70 f2.8L II at f/22 with a circular polarizer and a graduated neutral density filter. With that combination and the low light level, the exposures were fairly long – about 3 seconds.
The pond was in the shadow of the mountains to the rear, so the bank and hill in the background were quite dark in relation to the sky and the reflections on the pond. To bring out the dark areas, in addition to pushing the shadow slider in Photoshop, I used a technique I call semi-HDR toning. Basically, what I do is take a copy of the image and apply Photoshops HDR toning and copy that back onto the original image. I then adjust the opacity slider to something around 30-50% so that the dark areas are brought out but it doesn’t have too much of the unrealistic HDR tone effect.