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.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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Frosty Orchard

An orchard covered in a thin layer of frost, just after sunrise. Orchards and similar plantations can make good photographs as they all tend to be arranged in regular rows. Having a space moving off to infinity as here draws the eye in and through the image. What makes this for me, and is the reason I shot it, is the fork left sticking out of the ground to the right. When I see something like this, I always wonder how the object came to be left there, when there are no other tools around. Maybe it’s still there today?

A frost covered orchard. Two rows of trees lead to the distance.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Oxborough Hall

The entrance to Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, UK. This is a moated medieval manor of some size, all made of this same kind of brick. This shot was taken on the bridge over the moat, at the only position you can cross to access the internal courtyard. It was a busy place and took some waiting before I could take this without getting any people in, but I think it was worth the wait.

This was something of an experiment for me, as I shot three exposures for HDR hand held. Usually, I would use a tripod for this, but after seeing other peoples’ hand held work on Flickr, I thought it was worth a go myself. It turns out that the alignment algorithm in Photomatix 4 is much better than the one I remember in version 3. Although there was noticeable movement between each of my three exposures, Photomatix easily dealt with it. From the final result, you would assume this was taken with a tripod. Knowing that I now don’t have to take one every time I go out will save me several kilos of equipment and will hopefully mean I can get even better pictures.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Norfolk River II

A shot from nearly the same location as the ‘Norfolk River’. This was taken some time before sunrise, using a longer lens. I decided to just take the one exposure for this shot, rather than taking multiple exposures and making an HDR, as the silhouetted land seemed to work so well.

That short period of time just before sunrise and just after sunset always seems to produce the best light for photography. Unfortunately, it only seems to last minutes at most, so you really need to be on the ball and already know what picture you want to take before the light hits. Also, you need to get out of bed really early in the morning!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Storm Clouds

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This is another view of the passing storm that is in black and white on my main website.

The setting sun is actually behind the camera here, but somehow not all the clouds are lit by it. Luckily, the big storm emerging from the centre of the clouds didn’t reach me. I foolishly didn’t have any kind of weather protection for my camera gear, so I’m quite thankful for that! These kinds of storm always seem to produce spectacular light, it’s just a shame they don’t crop up that often. More trips to storm-ridden lands I think!

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