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Winter Sunset at Sand Harbor - Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 18 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

On my way home from Death Valley, I timed my drive north so that I would arrive at Sand Harbor at sunset. This oft photographed lakeside location would, I hoped, be bathed by the same kind of amazing light that we had in our four days in the desert. It was not to be, but I was still happy with the golden light that burst through the dark clouds for an instant.

This is four images bracketed for exposure across the range of light from the highlights in the sky to the darker foreground. They were blended in Photoshop using masks and layers. My thanks to Don Smith for encouraging me to stick to this technique rather than fall back on HDR, which has a much more aritifical look to it.

And, yes, it was pretty cold!

NIKON D90 1/6 second F/16.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Another fellow California, saw you over at Schilling's spot.

This is very nice. The slow exposure works very well, and you were wise to bracket, something I have to get into the habit of doing more when the situation is appropriate. Nice job.

18 Feb 2010 8:52am

Don Smith from California, United States

Dramatic light and a gorgeous image Barbara - bravo! I am so glad you took the time to process it with layers and masks. I would venture to say that HDR software would have left some nasty artifacts, especially around the clouds. This looks so much more natural.

18 Feb 2010 4:10pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

I commend you on your work with the multiple exposures and layers. Don is right.. it looks natural not illustrated. There is much the HDR can do but I am not overly fond of the cartoon colors people get excited over. A few times, yes, all the time, never. Bravo to you! Regardless of your not being as pleased with this light it is in it's darkness or lack of brilliancy actually very beautiful.

18 Feb 2010 8:08pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great finishing, wonderfully dramatic!

18 Feb 2010 9:09pm

1/6 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)