So if you followed my last blog, you will know I’ve been playing around a new “darkroom” system and using USA pics to try it out. Here is a shot I took on Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive at sunrise earlier this year. It was a truly remarkable drive and I hope I get back again sometime. I hope everyone has a happy weekend.
Here’s a bonus shot taken the same morning.
Ever since I saw an image like this many years ago, I have been waiting for an opportunity where a number of ridges are lit showing each ridge slightly brighter to the horizon. I took this in Shenadoah NP in April.
During our visit to Washington, DC, we went downtown on a lovely warm sunny April morning. There was thousands of people out for the Cherry Blossom race – a running race that takes in much of the wonderful cherry blossom that is out this time of the year. It also brought out many photographers keen to get THE picture and couples with photographers getting “couples” pictures with blossom as their background.
I struggled to get an reasonable dynamic range with this exposure. My processing software (Lightroom) has a new de-haze function and this has helped on the sky. Half Dome is now more visible in the distance and the treatment in shadows in the valley hopefully a little more subtle.
One of the most special days on our trip through the US last Sept was a pre-dawn guided tour of Monument Valley. We were staying in a tent in the sand dunes that look out on the Mittens, and stumbled out of the tent and to the hotel to meet our guide for the morning. The first stop we made was on the dirt road dropping into park. There had been some rain which served as nice foreground interest for this shot.