Misty Morning

This was shot directly into the rising sun on a very misty morning, to see what the result would be really. Generally, you shouldn’t shoot into the sun because of the extreme brightness that is otherwise hard to balance with the darker area of the shot. Of course, using HDR helps to get around this, but you’re always going to be left with a very high contrast shot.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Sunrise Under a Tree

This was taken just a few moments before the sun hit the horizon and came into full view. Usually, I use this time to try out a few different compositions and what works and what doesn’t , as you can be left with just a few minutes of the best light once the sun rises. In this case, it was an even shorter period of time, as the sun very quickly went into the low cloud within about two mintues of rising.

With this shot, I wanted to emphasise the character of the tree. There were some branches covered in leaves, and others that appeared to be dead. I suppose this tree won’t last for much longer before falling down, but must have been standing already for deacdes. Therefore, I felt it was my duty to try to get a decent shot of it.

Sunrise by a wheat field

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Wheat Field

Wheat fields just before harvest can give you some nice locations for a bit of landscape work. The lines where no crops grow thanks to the tractors wheels can serve as great lead in lines to a feature of interest in the distance. Here, I used a few trees on the field border to provide that interest, but often you can find something far more interesting if you spend some time looking!

There can also be a lot of wildlife around these locations during the early morning. Just as I got here, a fox ran off down this track into the distance. If I was a bit quicker with my camera, I might well have got a decent shot of it.

A wheat field in the early morning

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The Stone Trough

This old stone trough initially caught my attention when I was wandering around this field. It seemed natural to include the rising sun as the other focal point, as it had just popped up above the trees in the distance. Hopefully, you get a feeling of three-dimensionality from this. Often, pictures can feel quite flat, so I composed deliberately to try to get around this and show some depth in the image. I managed to get a lot of different pictures on the morning that I shot this one. All of them are at least slightly different, so I think this turned out to be one of my more successful photographic days.

Sunrise over a misty, rural field

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Foggy Sunrise

Sunrise in a foggy sky. The low lying mist that covered the surrounding landscape prevented any kind of decent picture that took in the wider view, as everything was hidden in the fog. Fortunately, it was just thin enough that some blue sky could get through, but thick enough that it diffused the light from the rising sun to a very large extent.

This shot required very little in the way of post-processing. Although it is an HDR, it is one of those rare HDRs that required minimal extra work in Photoshop. Some removal of the ever present dust, and the picture was complete.

Bright sunrise in the wide-open skies of the Norfolk Fens.

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Cow Field

An early morning in a field of cows. After the sunrise seen in ‘Leicestershire Sunrise’ disappeared thanks to cloud cover, I walked on to see if I could find any other pictures. On crossing a small footbridge, I came across this path leading into the distance, surrounded by cows. I’m not entirely sure how often or when cows sleep, as they always seem to be awake and eating grass, no matter what the time of day or night. This was taken just after 6 am, yet they are still quite happily wandering around.

I shot this as an HDR to preserve that early morning ‘feel’ of the scene. It didn’t require too much additional work, although the stonework needed some colour adjustment and the cows movement between shots had to be fixed.

Dawn over a field of cows

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Norfolk Fens

The sun rising over the Norfolk fens. It was so cloudy and overcast on this morning that I wasn’t sure I would get a sunrise. Luckily, as often seems to happen, the clouds parted just above the horizon, letting the sun out for just a few minutes. There must be some meteorological reason for the clouds to do this, although I’m not sure what it is. I suppose I should just be fortunate that it happens at all.

This is an HDR of the usual three exposures. There was some levels/curves and hue/saturation work to get the colours and contrast right, but this is otherwise exactly as seen.

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Night in the Field

Wandering round the countryside after dark can lead to just as many photographs as during the daytime. It’s a necessity to have a tripod with you and to take long exposures of everything you wish to photograph, but the same landscapes that are there during the day are just as present at nighttime.

This particular shot only works because of the time of day (or night). It was shot in the middle of Summer at 3.30am. The lighter blue in the top of the picture is from the approaching sunrise, just as twilight begins. The orange glow in the bottom right on the other hand, is from the streetlights of a nearby town, several miles away.

I remember this as a particularly difficult shot to take. I had to fully extend the tripod (over 6 feet!) before precariously balancing it on a bench so the camera could see over the tall vegetation right in the foreground. It was also a very windy night, so I had to hold onto the tripod during the 30 second exposure to prevent it toppling over, and hoping I wasn’t causing blur. I also had to compose by trial and error, as the eyepiece was at least 8 feet off the ground and my camera doesn’t have live view. Considering all that, I think it turned out pretty well!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Textured Road

Another textured shot that comtinues the book cover challenge. There are several different textures here (about 5), with plenty of layer masking and opacity changes for each texture to create this final image. In particular, the road needed a fair bit of masking so it didn’t disappear into the textures.

Although this image seems like it is quite far from reality, it really isn’t. Of course the sky wasn’t this yellow, but it was full of low fog with the rising sun behind. The fog diffused the sunlight, and also obscured the form and shape of the trees in the distance. Really, the textures have just enhanced what was already there. I think that should always be the aim of texture work, and I am quite pleased with the result in this case!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Frosty Field

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A cold, wintry morning walk, just after dawn, led to this photograph. I love that delicate light you can get in the Winter that doesn’t turn up at any other time of year. It gives that pink tinge to clouds that always photographs well.

This morning, there was also a frost on the ground, which provided a kind of sharpness to the soil. Hopefully, all taken together, this typifies the Winter scene.

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