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Daybreak, South Tufa, Mono Lake

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 31 October 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I like to be in place at least 45 minutes before "official" sunrise. Later than that risks missing the earliest color and some great silhouette opportunities. Not only that, the hour before sunrise is the best time of day (trust me).

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Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Beautiful photo and processing. Nicely done.

31 Oct 2012 6:25am

Helodie from AVRANCHES, France

beautiful and peaceful landscape, and thanks for your advice and information on your website !

31 Oct 2012 7:45am

Sylvie capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

Always splendid !

31 Oct 2012 9:05am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

i love this place, great image Gary..congrats!

31 Oct 2012 9:07am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

It's a great image! So peaceful! Well done!
Have a nice day.

31 Oct 2012 9:47am

A journey from Lilli Pilli, Australia

Stunning shot.
Rude question but is there any HDR processing in that shot? Im trying to learn as much as I can, but theres a quality in some of the A3 shots here thats just above what my eye can see of my camera do. To date no software purchased but Im thinking about it...

31 Oct 2012 12:15pm

@A journey: Thanks, LP. The short answer to your question is that I don't do HDR or any other kind of multi-image blending--everything is captured in one click, or it's not captured at all. I use Lightroom for raw processing and Photoshop for dodging, burning, and slight cropping. The only part of the processing that I turn over to software is noise reduction--everything else is my decision (no Nik or any other plugins). For more details on all of my images, including my exposure settings and processing approach, I suggest that you click the link and read my WordPress blog, www.eloquentnature.com. I don't explain everything with each image, but regularly reading my posts there will give you a pretty good idea of my approach to photography, both in the field and at my computer. My general emphasis is understanding the way my camera "sees" the world to leverage its unique vision, rather than using my computer to create something artificial.

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

amazing image, wonderful scenery and nicely presented. my pic of the day!

31 Oct 2012 12:40pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Masterpiece!!! 5*

31 Oct 2012 1:15pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I trust you Gary!
I love the composition here, using that small formation of the rocky shore to point at the distance.

31 Oct 2012 1:26pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

what a stunning photo! the light, the colours, the stillness and the rocks are all perfect elements to this scene! superbly taken!

1 Nov 2012 3:24am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Just wonderful!

1 Nov 2012 7:20am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just the most beutiful, mystical magnificent scene I have ever witnessed, Gary. The rocks in the foreground are magnificent and all the colours and smoothness of the water and sky are amazing. What makes all of us very lucky is the ability to read and study your work and words which go so well hand-inhand, as a fantastic lesson....All the best, Gary :-)

3 Nov 2012 7:24pm

Fabien from Toulouse, France

Tout simplement excellent.

13 Nov 2012 7:17pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

wooow!!!
very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors, lights & reflections!

13 Nov 2012 8:16pm

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